Septic tank emptying by Tardis

Although not as common as they may have been, many homes still rely on septic tanks, particularly in more rural areas.

If your property is not connected to a mains sewer, you may have a septic tank, where the sewage from the bathroom, toilet, shower or kitchen ends up.

A septic tank simply works like a smaller version of wastewater treatment works, as the sewage flows into the tank – its forms 3 layers.

  • First layer – scum or crud. This layer sits on the top of the tank, and will not decompose naturally. More about this later.
  • Second layer – wastewater is able to drain away out of an outlet pipe to a soakaway or drain field.
  • Third layer – the bottom layer of sludge is rather clever. It is allowed to settle on the bottom of the tank. This layer will be digested by bacteria that are breeding in the tank.

Alternatively, some properties have a cesspit or cesspool to hold wastewater and sewage. A cesspit tends to be above ground and has an opening hatch, whereas a septic tank is normally buried beneath the ground not far away from the property. A cesspit does not have an outlet pipe to a drain.

As mentioned above, the first layer within the tank does not decompose, and will need to be removed. To ensure the septic tank works properly, septic tank emptying should be carried out. Cesspits will also need to be emptied.

Ideally, septic tank emptying should be carried out on a regular basis. Exact frequency of emptying would depend on the size of the tank, how much waste it can hold and also the number of people living in the household, and therefore creating waste.

It is as equally important for low usage properties also to be emptied.

Septic Tank Emptying

Septic Tank Emptying

If septic tank emptying is not maintained, it can cause bad odours, flooding and also pollution, 3 things you definitely will not want.

Luckily, septic tank emptying is included under the array of services Tardis Environmental can offer across England, Wales and Scotland.

As a licensed waste carrier, you can be confident with the service we provide.

For properties where septic tank emptying is required more frequently, it may be a good idea to schedule it as part of a routine service. This would ensure tanks stay efficient, increasing their functional life, whilst also reducing the possibility of blocked drains and overflowing.

Tardis Tanker

Tardis Tanker

Our 6000 gallon tankers allow us to remove septic tank waste in large volumes. We are able to service domestic properties with tight access, with our smaller HGV’s allowing easier access.

For more information, visit our website page on septic tank emptying which details all you will need to know!

With warm weather, you often get thirsty workers.

Looking for a solution to keep your workers hydrated? We might just have the answer!

Tardis H2o offer high quality water coolers ideal for office or site use.

H2o on Site Water Coolers

H2o on Site Water Coolers

We’ve compiled a list of handy tips for getting the most out of your water cooler.

Location
Do not store the water coolers or replacement water bottles:

  • In an outside location
  • In direct sunlight
  • In a bathroom
  • Near contaminating materials, or in a dusty, unventilated or humid environment
  • On a sloping surface

Hygiene
Do:

  • Empty and wash out the drip tray located below the tap (if there is one) regularly
  • Check the use by dates on the bottles
  • Replace the bottle within three weeks of loading onto the water cooler
  • Ensure the outside surfaces of the water cooler are kept clean

Do not:

  • Poor any unused water or other liquids into the drip tray
  • Touch the nozzles of the dispensing taps
  • Leave the cooler without a bottle on

Safety
Do:

  • Unplug water cooler if out of water
  • Report any water taste or appearance problems as soon as they appear
  • Load water bottles onto the cooler following any manual handling recommendations
  • Allow for at least 70mm for ventilation around the cooler

Do not:

  • Leave the water cooler plugged into the power supply with no water in the bottle or without a bottle

Replacing the plastic bottle only takes moments
Do:

  • Remove the tamper-evident label from the bottle cap
  • Lift the bottle over the cooler sensibly
  • Store empty bottles in a safe place, if awaiting collection

Do not:

  • Remove the bottle cap
  • Refill the bottle with water from the tap
  • Throw away the empty bottle – they may hold a refundable deposit
Water Coolers Do's and Don'ts

Water Coolers Do’s and Don’ts

We offer two water cooler models – a standard model as well as a countertop water cooler, which is ideal when space is at a premium. Both models serve hot and cold water.

For more information on short or long term water cooler hire, give Tardis H2o a call on 0800 731 0589.

If you have anymore questions feel free to contact us.

Tardis H2o offers water delivery service

Our ever-expanding fleet of water tanks and water tankers covers almost every water delivery service option available.

Britain will hopefully receive some hot weather this year. And with hot weather, this could also mean a reduced amount of rainfall. Although a hot British summer is great for the rest of us, it’s not ideal for farming, seeding and grassing as the soil will become drier.

That’s where Tardis H2o comes in – bulk water can be supplied for such services as seeding and grassing across the UK.

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

Tardis H2o Water Delivery Service

We can supply a bulk water delivery service to be used in seeding and grassing in areas such as the following:

  • Roadsides
  • Waste management sites
  • Golf courses
  • Sports pitches
  • Windfarms
  • Coastal projects
  • Agricultural grass
  • Housing developments

The areas above are not inclusive; there are also other seeding and grassing applications we can service.

Our depots are strategically located to cover areas in the North and South of England. As our water tanker fleet varies in capacities, also complemented by our 4×4 vehicles, we have the ability to deliver to a wide range of location types.

Specification sheets for some of our 2 of the vehicles from our fleet are detailed below.

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 Litre Water Tanker

16,000 litre water tanker

16,000 litre rear wheel drive water tanker – ideal in locations such as farm gates, when there is little room to manoeuvre.

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

16,000 Litre Rear Wheel Water Tanker

If you require more information on the water delivery service we provide contact us on the normal phone number or enquire via the Tardis H2o website.

Choosing the right tanker – waste removal

As with our previous post on hiring a portable toilet, there are also many questions to be asked when selecting the right tanker for waste removal!

Tardis operate a comprehensive fleet of vacuum tankers enabling us to service a broad range of wet waste removal requirements.

At Tardis, we like to know as much information as possible beforehand ensuring that waste removal can be completed efficiently with minimal disruption to your site, saving time for all those involved.

Tardis Tanker

Tardis Tanker

When initially assessing a location for a job – there are a few points to be considered.

Firstly, we would ask the description of the pit to be emptied and the location, taking time to consider if there is sufficient access for the vacuum tanker. It is important that there are no obstructions, including height restrictions such as overhead power lines.

Our range of smaller vacuum tankers allows us to service domestic properties with tight access, and our larger tankers enable us to remove waste in large volumes from larger sites.

Septic Tank Empty

Septic Tank Empty

You will also need to consider where the tanker can park in relation to the pit that is being emptied, what will the distance be? What is the depth of the pit? Our tankers carry at least 40 metres of hose, and can carry 100metres on request. All of these questions will enable us to select the right tanker.

The next point to be considered is what is waste is in the pit. Waste removal can include sewage, silt, oil and water etc. By letting us know what is in the pit to be emptied, we can send the right vacuum tanker. Let us know if it is hazardous waste disposal that you require.

The type of manhole cover over the pit should also be mentioned. Is the cover liftable by one person or will assistance be required?

Other questions we may ask include:

  • Is a pressure washer required?
  • Is confined space entry recommended to aid the removal of debris?
  • Is any breathing apparatus required for confined space entry?

The full site tanker survey can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Site Tanker Survey for Waste Removal

Site Tanker Survey for Waste Removal

We offer a wide range of waste removal services including septic tank emptying, cesspool emptying, manhole emptying, oil and water removal and more. For full details on our vacuum tanker fleet visit our website.

Don’t forget we also have a fleet of tankers for clean water and potable drinking water.

Remember, we are a 24/7/365 operation so if your caught out – give us a call.

Hiring a portable toilet – what do I need to know?

Here at Tardis Environmental, we like to make everything as simple as possible for our clients.

In this post, we have answered a number of important questions which should be considered when hiring a portable toilet, portable disabled toilet, portable shower or portable urinal unit.

Is there adequate access for delivery of the units?
When hiring a portable toilet or other units from the range we offer, the delivery vehicle will depend on the quantity ordered, delivered using a 3.5 ton, 7.5 ton or 7.5 ton vehicle with trailer.

Hiring a Portable Toilet

Portable Toilets going out for delivery

Where will I site the unit/units?
When hiring a portable toilet, the unit will need to be sited where our drivers can easily drop off and collect.

If there is a wall or other obstacle in the way, then a crane-mounted lorry may be required for delivery and collection. Please inform us if this is the case at the time of ordering.

Do I need water, electric and foul waste connection?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets do not need any connections, but may require servicing if on hire for a long period of time or have numerous users.

Tardis hot wash portable toilets require a 240v 16amp connection to an electricity source.

Tardis portable shower units also require a water source and run off for the waste, as well as a 240v 32amp electricity supply.

Additional services?
Tardis cold wash portable toilets are self-contained requiring no additional plumbing or connections. Portable showers and hot wash portable toilets do however require a connection to external services.

We can supply a fully qualified Tardis plumber or electrician to complete the necessary connections. Please talk to the hire desk at the time of booking for more details.

Are the units going to be safe?
We recommend that units are delivered and sited in a location where they are less likely to be stolen or vandalised.

Please be aware, that whilst our units are on hire to you, you are fully responsible for any damage that may occur.

How many portable toilets do I need for my event?
It is important to consider the number of toilets you will require in ratio to the number of people attending your event.

If you are unsure of the numbers, our hire desk are here to help, with experience in both small and large events, we can advise the unit quantities most suitable to your event.

What will be supplied with the toilet?
The portable toilets will be delivered with toilet roll and hand sanitizer, unless sink fitted and we will also supply paper towels.

Once the initial supplies run out, it is your responsibility to replenish consumables unless you have requested us to replenish consumables.

When will we collect the toilets?
We will try to collect the units as soon as possible after the hire period has finished. Please allow up to 5 working days for collection. During this tine, the units are still the responsibility of the customer.

Important questions when hiring a portable toilet

We hope to have answered any questions you may have about hiring a portable toilet.

If there is anything we have missed out, contact our hire desk team who are here to help.

View our range of portable toilets, portable showers and portable urinals online at www.tardishire.co.uk

 

Draining a flooded lift shaft

Anyone who knows us here at Tardis, is aware we cover a wide range of services which nestle under the environmental umbrella.

Occasionally we do find ourselves asked the unusual, for example draining a flooded lift shaft.

You’ll find this happens in older hi rise blocks where the original design and building regulations didn’t take into account the possibility of flooding or general water ingress at the bottom of a lift shaft which in more modern buildings is removed by purpose made pumping equipment.

An example of a high rise flat block that could possibly have have a flooded lift shaft

High Rise Flat Block

When this facility is missing Tardis steps into the breach.

We’ve the equipment and the expertise to assess the situation, provide the right equipment (tanker, hose arrangement etc) come in, remove the flooding and dispose of it safely and ethically.

A few words about assessing the situation.

Quite often it will be found that the pool at the bottom of the lift shaft isn’t just water. More often there will be oil and grease which is after all a commonplace ingredient in lift gear.

We provide the right type of vacuum tanker and disposal method helping you stay the right side of the law and regulatory bodies.

Prior to collection, we would ask that you register your premises with the Environment Agency. You can contact them on 03708 502858 for further information on classifying the waste produced by the flooded lift shaft.

Of course, whilst we’re sorting the problem, we’ll ensure that Health & Safety issues are properly addressed and that lift downtime is kept to a minimum.

As a licensed waste carrier, you can be assured the mixture will be disposed of legally and ethically with all relative paperwork kept for inspection if necessary.

All part of the Tardis service.

We’ve forged strong working relationships with property management companies and social housing organisations across the country. So if you find yourself in a similar situation to some of our established clients, give us a call on the usual number.

Remember we’re a 24 hour 365 day operation too, so if the situation is grave, you know who you can trust.

Summer is here!

It’s been a busy year already here at Tardis Environmental with the planning of festivals and events across the UK.

From portable toilet hire to drinking water delivery, we’ve got the festival and events season sorted.

Now the Summer has officially started in Britain, we thought we would have a look at exciting events to come.

This weekend, one of the UK’s largest music festivals, Glastonbury takes place. We have already delivered 45 waste tanks to the site in preparation for the music festival to begin.

Glastonbury Waste Tanks Delivery

Glastonbury Waste Tanks Delivery

Our waste tanks are available for both sale and hire, are the ideal temporary waste storage device, and can be buried or sited beneath toilet blocks, shower blocks, canteens, etc.

The next event on the calendar is the Silverstone Grand Prix taking place between 3rd and 5th July. On a recent post, we mentioned the portable toilets we would be delivering to a nearby camping site.

Portable toilet hire is probably what we are best known for. Our self-contained portable toilets do not need a connection to any other service so are ideal for events of all sizes and all locations. We would however recommend servicing to keep them hygienic and fresh.

Portable toilet Hire

Along with portable toilet hire, we can also offer portable urinals providing a solution for male users. Our 4-bay and 6-bay portable urinals would reduce the queues significantly, giving visitors more chance to enjoy the goings on.

For a complete sanitation system, particularly for events taking place over a few days, portable shower hire is also available. This would allow for people to stay fresh and clean throughout. Waste from the portable shower units can then be dispensed into a drain, soakaway or your could hire a waste tank.

On the second weekend in July, we will be delivering yet more portable toilets – to the Hyper Japan Festival held at the O2 as well as 10 waste tanks to the Milton Keynes Bowl, a Live Nation event.

Finally, on the 1st August the Leicester Caribbean Carnival takes place. If you are attending, look out for Tardis portable toilets!

How else can Tardis Environmental help?

Many festivals and outdoor events are situated where there is no access to a mains water supply. At any event the availability of clean drinking water is important.

We already offer event water supply to many types of festivals and events nationwide.

Whether you chose to hire a water bowser or water tank, require delivery of clean drinking water to existing water storage on site or would prefer bottled drinking water – we have an event water supply to suit your needs.

Bulk Water Delivery

Bulk Water Delivery

If it’s portable toilet hire, waste tanks, bulk water delivery or information on any of the other services we offer you require, call our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589.

Visit the Tardis Environmental website today.

Tardis Environmental can help in more ways than one

With summer on its way there are lots of fun things going on around the UK!

There are a number of things to remember to organise when hosting outdoor events, festivals, a party, sporting events and even weddings. So it helps if you can organise a few things in one place!

Organising an event can be a stressful time. At Tardis Environmental, we offer many useful services that can help with preparing and the smooth running of your event including:

  • Portable toilet hire
  • Portable shower hire
  • Waste tank hire
  • Waste tank emptying
  • Bulk water delivery
  • Water bowsers and water tanks hire
  • Water coolers
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Road sweepers
Portable Toilet Hire

Portable Toilet Hire

We recently took an order to supply 10 waste tanks to the Milton Keynes National Bowl, a Live Nation event taking place in July 2015. The outdoor carnival includes a number of stages with music and performers, fair rides, fireworks and more.

And that’s not all; we are already covering a number of exciting events this summer, which include the Leicester Caribbean Carnival, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, camping at the Silverstone Grand Prix and delivering 45 waste tanks to Glastonbury.

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Delivery Waste Tanks to Glastonbury

Whether hosting a small local event or a larger event take a look at our website to see what Tardis Environmental can offer you.

If you are unsure of what your requirements are or would like a quote, contact our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589 who are always happy to help.

Let us know what you’re getting up to this summer – tweet us at @TardisEnviro or search ‘Tardis Environmental Ltd’ on Facebook.

 

Water for Irrigation

There are many uses of water that we may not consider as often as others. Today’s blog topic is based on water for irrigation. Tardis Environmental offer bulk water that is an ideal irrigation water supply.

With the British summer just around the corner, the weather hopefully warming up and a possible dry season upon us, water will be needed for agriculture, farming and landscaping sectors alike.

Irrigation in particular, is referred to as the artificial application of water to the land or soil. The water solutions we offer allow us to provide water for irrigation services to your site.

With our expanding fleet of tanks and tankers, it makes delivery of bulk water for irrigation a simple task. If you already have a water tank on site, we can fill this for you. Our new 16,000 litre clean water tanker is ideal for anywhere a supply of bulk water is needed including wash downs, soakaway tests and event water. The new tanker is also rear wheel drive making it easier to manoeuvre in more difficult locations.

Bulk Water Delivery ideal Water for Irrigation

Bulk Water Delivery

You can also hire (short term and long term hire both available) a water bowser or water tank from our range of water storage options if you do not already have the facility to hold the water you need. If you were to go for the hire option, we offer a weekly water delivery service to ensure your tank doesn’t run dry.

Thirsty work

The hot weather will leave your workers feeling thirsty. In this instance, Tardis can also supply potable drinking water. Again, there are a number of drinking water services to choose from. Bottled drinking water or a water cooler may be the best option here however.

Bottled Drinking Water

Bottled Drinking Water Variations

Finally, we offer an emergency water supply service – our emergency phone lines are open 24/7 so you can always count on us.

If water for irrigation or potable drinking water is something you require contact our friendly sales team on 0800 731 0589.

Alternatively, all of the services we can provide can be viewed at the below web addresses.

http://www.tardishire.co.uk/index.php/home

http://tardish2o.co.uk/home

 

Visiting the British F1 Grand Prix this year?

Tardis are!

Tardis have recently received an order to provide facilities for a campsite for campers visiting the British Formula 1 this summer. The order placed was for a number of portable toilets to the site.

This years Silverstone Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place between 3rd and 5th July 2015.

Camping at Silverstone

Camping at Silverstone

A few fast facts on the 2014 British Formula 1 Grand Prix:

  • The drivers will complete a total of 52 laps, at 3.66 miles long per lap!
  • 18 turns on the circuit (10 right, 8 left)
  • 145.01mph average speed
  • 195mph top speed
  • British driver Lewis Hamilton driving for Mercedes came first in the 2014 race – completing the course in 2:26:52
  • 24 giant screens around the site for fans to watch the action
  • Last year, over 28,000 fans were expected to camp, with 15,000 in the official Silverstone Woodlands campsite

The above facts statistics were correct as of 16th June 2015 as per the official Silverstone website.

http://www.silverstone.co.uk/news/facts-and-stats-2014-formula-1/

SIlverstone Grand Prix

SIlverstone Grand Prix

If you require facilities such as portable toilet hire, portable showers, bulk water delivery or bottled drinking water for an event which includes camping, or even hosting a party celebrating the Silverstone F1 at your home, feel free to browse our website to get a feel of what our range can offer.

Tardis can offer portable toilet hire for all sorts of events, festivals and parties throughout the UK.

If you’re camping at Silverstone this year – you never know – you might spot a Tardis portable toilet yourself!

If you do, let us know on Twitter #tardisspotter

Let’s all hope for nice sunny weather!