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!

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.

Tardis says it’s CHRISTMAAAASSSS !

It’s accepted we all like a good rest at Christmas and a mince pie or two, but gremlins never rest and someone has to be on call to deal with them.

Although the Tardis crew will be putting up their Christmas stockings hoping for everything they deserve, the operation is a 365 day a year affair and we will be available for emergency call out.

 

The same number as usual and the same level of service applies.

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We really hope you won’t need us, but we’ll be there if you do.

Thanks for being with us through 2014 and for following our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page.

We really enjoyed your pictures of Tardis toilets and tankers you spotted out on location, even on the telly. Keep sending them in and we’ll keep featuring them. For meritorious contributions, we have been know to post out some Tardis goodies as reward, so just keep that in mind.

We plan to continue running humorous features and expanding our instructional videos like our recent Crossrail compliant video, which was very well received.

And of course, when the occasion rises, we’ll be dressing up rather like we did in our onesies for Children in need and our wooly pullies for Save the Children.

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Read the signs – Tardis are recruiting

They’re all over the place. Stop signs, no parking signs and signs telling you to give way.

Did you know there’s a reason a Give Way sign is an inverted triangle, when all other information (rather than must obey) signs are the other way up?

The answer being, if the sign is obscured by snow or mud, from its shape alone, you still know it is a Give Way sign, Highway Code and all that.

Currently, there are other signs appearing on our roads, but these aren’t issued by the Department of Transport.

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You’ll find them on the back of Tardis trucks and vans and they’re a sign that Tardis is recruiting.

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Tardis are expanding and have recruitment opportunities at a number of depots around the country.

Click on the link  here to go to our website recruitment page to see current availability and the procedure to apply.

 

 

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, but Tardis is out there sweeping all the leaves away.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 11.39.18

OK, maybe we’ll never hit number one in the charts, but we’re definitely tops at this time of year with the autumn leaf drop.

Yes, they may look pretty with their rich autumnal hues, but a concentration of leaves can cause all kinds of problems. Trains running late, leaves on the line being just one.

As leaves get wet or start to decompose, they block drains and can create a hazardous slippery surface on roads and pathways. Windy weather leaves fly around and can cause a hazard to driving.

Hazards are best dealt with pronto which is where Tardis steps into the breach.

We’re fully equipped nationwide to deal with road sweeping needs and we don’t just mean leaves. Car parks, construction sites, factory roads and perimeters, forecourts to cattle grids.   Anywhere where light debris needs to be cleared you’ll find Tardis road sweepers cleaning up.

Our road sweepers feature:

  • single and dual sweep operation
  • High pressure water jetting lances
  • High pressure street washing facility

A vehicle common to our fleet is the Johnsons VT650 an 18 tonne gross weight machine which carries a pressure lance, two drain keys, one hydrant, an overhead boom arm 2 x safety warning road signs and a mounted pressure washer making it multi skilled to meet many challenges.

You can view and download the spec sheet for this machine by clicking here

As you’d expect from a leading operator in the business, all Tardis operatives will be equipped with the correct safety equipment as well as being fully trained in operational and safety aspects of the job at hand.

Your first step in arranging a clean sweep service is to call our friendly and experienced hire team on 0800 731 0589

One of the team will establish your needs such as time, place, period the machine is required to work over.

Please do take into account what you are asking us to dispose of. Recently a client failed to tell us of a large oil spill on a site. This is something that has to be dealt with in a different way environmentally to regular debris and the job could not proceed.

Worse still, the job attracted an aborted mission fee, which we hate having to apply. If you’re at all unsure about the conditions of the area that needs cleaning, please talk to us first.

Detritus is an all year problem made worse at this time of year by the annual leaf drop. So, when you’ve gathered up all your conkers, call Tardis who’ll breeze in and clean up the rest.

Tardis New Vacuum Tankers Set To Arrive This Month – April 2014.

Septic Tank Emptying With Euro 5

Vacuum Tanker

2 x brand new Euro 5 Vacuum tankers are coming at the end of April 2014. These two new vacuum tankers are part of our growing effort to lower our carbon footprint and help protect the environment. The two new tankers will be fully chapter 8 approved and accredited. The tankers will also be Crossrail complaint. Crossrail compliant vehicles must have the following equipment to be allowed on to a Crossrail construction site.

  • All HGVs must have Fresnel lenses
  • Side scan equipment which will give of an audible beep in the driver’s cabin. This is to warn the driver of the HGV that there is an object or person on the left inside space.
  • Side and Rear Cameras, with a TV monitor in the cabin
  • Under-run guards must also be fitted. This is to help prevent cyclists from coming into contact with the HGVs wheels.
  • Carry signs must also be fitted to warn cyclists and pedestrians.

We are eager to start operating our new machines allow us to cope with the growing economy and ensure we can meet our client’s needs.

Both tankers are Euro 5, which means that the emissions they produce are almost as clean as the surrounding air and won’t damage the environment. This helps us lower our carbon footprint.

Vacuum Tankers Capabilities

Our Tardis Vacuum tankers can provide services such as septic tank emptying, welfare waste tank emptying, drain vacuuming unblocking and much more. All our vacuum tankers will carry 40 meters of suction hose (More can be requested).  For awkward access waste tanks and septic tanks our mobile vacuum tanker will be the ideal choice. This is a towable vacuum tank towed by a Tardis Landrover; its small size and off road capabilities makes a great alternative to heavy goods vehicles vacuum tankers.

All the drivers we provide are fully trained in the equipment they use. If require our drivers to deliver clean fresh water then our EUSR trained and accredited in water hygiene drivers will deliver clean fresh water.

If you need a septic tank emptying service or a welfare waste tank emptying service call Tardis today on Free Phone 0800 731 0589 and see how we can assist you.

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New Vacuum Tankers to arrive In April 2014

2 brand new vacuum tankers are due to arrive at the Tardis Environmental headquarters near the to the end of April. These new tankers will be able to perform jobs like septic tank emptying and hazardous waste removal.

Tank Emptying Service

The new tankers will have the latest technology and equipment to be able to perform jobs like septic tank emptying with ease. Both new tankers will be fully chapter 8 approved and Crossrail compliant. This will mean we will be able to perform jobs like cesspit/cesspool emptying and septic tank emptying at Crossrail sites.

While performing a septic tank emptying service head office can keep track of the vehicle and if need be redirect it to another job or can be re-routed to avoid heavy traffic.Septic tank Emptying

All our septic tank emptying, wet waste and hazardous waste removal services are done by our highly trained tanker drivers who are fully trained and up to date with current methods.

Our drivers are also training to do their CSCS, which will be a requirement for all plant operators by September 2014

For more information on our septic tank emptying service call 0800 731 0589 or E-mail us at info@tardishire.co.uk

Septic Tank Emptying

Septic Tank EmptyingWhat can a Vacuum Tanker Empty?

We get calls from all over the UK requesting a septic tank emptying service. But not a lot of people know that a Vacuum tanker can do a lot more than just suck up wet waste from a septic tank.

Some of our tanker tanks are split into 2 sections. Here is an example, one of our 26ton Vacuum tankers can hold 3000 gallons of liquid 2500 gallons of this liquid will be waste from an septic tank emptying service and the other 500 gallons is for fresh clean water to refill our Tardis water bowsers.

Not only can our tankers hold fresh water (Not for Drinking), they can also come with added attachments that can perform jobs like a wash down after a septic tank emptying service to leave the septic tank nice and clean or some of our tanker have a pressure washer lance to help remove hard debris that is stuck. The pressure washing lance is normally used for pumping stations.

There are also other wet waste jobs our vacuum tankers can remove.

Our vacuum tankers can remove wet waste from cesspit/cesspools, portable toilets, welfare units, storm drains and most hazardous waste.

So if you need a septic tank emptying service or an wet waste removal service then give Tardis Environmental a call today on 0800 731 0589

New Septic Tankers have arrived!

Tardis has taken delivery of 2 new Tankers ready for Septic tank empties

Tardis Environmental is always upgrading its vacuum tankers fleet with the latest technology. Our new septic tankers have all the safety equipment and are Crossrail compliant and chapter 8 approved.

All Crossrail compliant vehicles must have the following safety equipment to be able to work within Crossrail construction sites.

  1. all HGVs must have Fresnel lenses
  2. Side scan equipment which will give of an audible beep in the driver’s cabin. This is to warn the driver of the HGV that there is an object or person on the left inside space.
  1. Under-run guards must also be fitted. This is to help prevent cyclists from coming into contact with the HGVs wheels.
  1. Carry signs must also be fitted to warn cyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Side and Rear Cameras, with a TV monitor in the cabin.

 Chapter 8 explained

All vehicles that work or stop on a highway for purposes of work or inspections must be equipped with high visibility rear markings, also HGV or long vehicles must have marking on the side if they are to be used in temporary traffic management situations.

So if you require a professional septic tank emptying service that has all the latest equipment in safety and septic tank emptying, who have EUSR training in water hygiene. Not to mention our tankers have won the FORS Bronze membership.

Call Tardis Environmental today on 0800 731 0589 for all your septic tank emptying needs. We also deliver up to 30,000 litres of clean water with our tanker trailer hire service.

Septic Tank Empty

All you need to know about septic tank emptying

Septic tanks are mainly found in areas where a mains sewage line is not available and the sewage and waste water needs to be collected in a septic tank before being released in ground water.

Domestic Septic Tank

You are probably thinking why I would need a septic tank emptying service if the water gets released back in to the ground water level. The Septic tank has 3 layers of waste water, the bottom layer of water is called the sludge layer and this will be eaten by helpful bacteria. This is solid waste that drops to the bottom of the septic tank. So try not to use too much bleach or antibacterial products. Also if you do not empty the sludge from the bottom of the septic tank the sludge layer will build up as the bacteria will not be able to handle the increased sludge.

The second layer or the middle layer of waste water inside a septic tank is called waste water. This layer is the layer that will exit through a T-shaped outlet pipe to a drain field or soakaway field, which will then soak through the soil back to the ground water flow for further treatment.

The first layer otherwise known as the scum layer is a build-up of oil and grease and items that don’t decompose. This layer sits on top of the waste water layer and is the most common problem cause for blocking up your septic tank.

So having a scheduled septic tank empty not only saves you money but will give you peace of mind. Plus have a septic tank empty service will help prolong the life of your sewage system.

If you need more advice or information on septic tank emptying then give our Hire desk team a call today on 0800 731 0589.