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    Sussex Septic Tank Emptying

    Septic Tank Specialists Across Sussex

    Whether your septic tank is blocked and spilling over, or you just need a scheduled septic tank emptying, rely on the KD Drainage team to get the job sorted quickly and affordably.

    With over 20 years of experience, we offer an unrivalled scope of septic tank services including full installations, repairs and maintenance, cleaning and emptying.

    We can empty all types of foul drainage systems including septic tanks at properties without integration to the main sewage system.

    If you have a septic tank emptying enquiry, call us on 01622 919012.

    Our Services

    • Septic Tank Emptying
    • Septic Tank Installation
    • Septic Tank Inspections
    • Septic Tank Repairs
    • All Works Guaranteed
    • No Hidden Fees
    • 20+ Years Experience

    What is a Septic Tank?

    A septic tank is a sedimentation vessel positioned underground used for wastewater treatment through the action of biological decomposition and drainage.

    A septic tank is often installed at properties with no direct connection to the mains sewage system.

    Via natural processes, their purpose is to treat residential wastewater from water closets, bathrooms, kitchens, drains and laundry equipment.

    Septic tank systems are devised with simplicity in mind. A watertight compartmentalised fibre glass, plastic or concrete cylinder is installed below ground, which is connected directly to the building's plumbing system to which all wastewater flows.

    Mainly found in the rural areas of Sussex, they work mostly by collecting the soiled and grey wastewater into one big underground tank, usually installed at least 50 metres away from the dwelling.

    Most septic tanks are constructed of two chambers and one tank which receives all the wastewater from an inlet pipe.

    Periodically, the tank will fill up to the point where it needs to be routinely emptied by a licensed drainage company, to prevent raw sewage from seeping out and flooding nearby land.

    Call in the experts on 01622 919012 to get your septic tank emptied.

    How Often Does My Septic Tank Need Emptying?

    Depending on the size of your home in Sussex, you should ideally have the scum from your septic tank removed every 6 to 12 months.

    However, emptying should be done at the correct intervals. The natural bacteria found in septic tanks is critical to the biological breakdown process.

    So homeowners should avoid using biological cleaning products and bleach too frequently. You should also avoid placing hazardous waste down drains and into toilets, as this can destroy the bacteria which is essential to the ecosystem of the septic tank.

    Regular emptying of your septic tank helps to prevent overflows, blockages, and potential damage to the system and surrounding habitat. KD Drainage are experts in septic tank emptying and will ensure complications like these do not arise.

    With over 20 years in operation, we take full responsibility to ensure all health, safety and environmental directives are adhered to.

    Using specialist tank and vacuum equipment, we remove all unwanted sludge and scum out of the septic tank. All waste material is then taken away and discarded at a nearby sewage treatment plant.

    Our team is regularly on hand to guide you on how to correctly maintain your septic tank to ensure a lifetime of trouble free use.

    Our teams covers all over Sussex, plus the whole of the south east region.

    Why Empty Your Septic Tank?

    If you fail to empty your septic tank regularly, you could be headed for big problems.

    As a result, raw sewage may leak for the system, and a large pool of wastewater could form on the drainage field adjacent to your septic tank.

    The surrounding grounds could become waterlogged, with flora, vegetation and shrubs growing much quicker than usual.

    If the sewage discharges into a watercourse, there may be overflowing slime or scum on the water. Solids may enter the soak-away, causing damage.

    Inside your home, you could experience slow draining sinks, bath tubs and toilets, with very unpleasant smells throughout the house.

    All in all, it could be disastrous if you allow your septic tank to overfill.

    By regularly emptying your tank, you will avoid costly repairs to rectify some of the issues highlighted above.

    However, if any issues occur, KD Drainage is here to help you with any problems caused by a septic tank incident occurring.

    Our services include:

    • Septic Tank Desludging
    • Septic Tank Emptying
    • Septic Tank High-Pressure Jetting
    • Septic Tank CCTV Surveys
    • Septic Tank Inspections

    After collecting the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank, we offer high-pressure water jetting to ensure your tank is left in optimal condition. We also offer septic tank CCTV surveys and a service to pinpoint any issues or problems that may need rectifying.

    A service includes a full clean, jet washing and advice on septic tank repairs, and can be carried out alongside septic tank emptying services.

    After the CCTV survey, service or septic tank emptying process has been completed, KD Drainage will offer a solution to any problems at a competitive rate.

    KD Drainage are a reliable licensed waste carrier with unmatched prices and emergency callouts.

    Call in the experts on 01622 919012 to get your septic tank emptied.

    Cesspits vs Septic Tanks

    In the drainage field, naturally occurring aerobic bacteria (also known as waste-degrading bacteria) break down any remaining waste, allowing the water to be naturally replenished.

    A septic tank is a much more advanced cesspit. Similar to a sewage treatment plant, a septic tank is used to treat wastewater and sewage through biological decomposition.

    Septic tanks can be installed in households, as well as installed in commercial buildings to treat wastewater from kitchens and bathrooms.

    Put simply, a septic tank is a rectangular watertight container that contains two compartments, separated by a wall, and is installed underground.

    Septic tanks are typically installed in rural areas.

    This is because in cities and towns wastewater is usually transported and dealt with by a sewage system that is maintained by a local water company.

    A septic tank is made up of two chambers.

    The first chamber is typically known as the 'settling chamber' and receives wastewater from an inlet pipe. In this chamber, lighter solids, oils, and grease (also known as scum) float to the top of the water.

    Sewage waste is drawn to the bottom where this is broken down by natural bacteria.

    The remaining liquid flows into the second chamber, and then out of the tank into a drainage field.

    The solid waste left at the bottom of the septic tank needs to be removed periodically as part of general maintenance by a registered waste carrier, such as KD Drainage.

    Both septic tanks and cesspits collect wastewater and sewage and hold this.

    With a cesspit, there is no processing or treatment to the sewage.

    However, septic tanks use a simple treatment process that allows the water to leave the tank.

    In contrast, cesspits cannot filter any waste as they are lined with cement and stone, and so can contaminate the surroundings if not emptied regularly.

    There are no outlets in a cesspit, meaning the waste remains in the tank, however there is piping to release the gases that build up over time.

    Cesspits require emptying more often than septic tanks and are frequently seen as a temporary sewage system.

    In some instances, cesspits can be fitted with an alarm that notifies the owner when the tank is at its maximum capacity and needs to be emptied.

    However, this must be done by professionals, such as our engineers, as the cesspit will release hazardous gases when the lid is lifted.

    Call in the experts on 01622 919012 to get your cesspit emptied.

    Why Kent Drainage?

    We provide professional, affordable wastewater solutions to domestic and commercial customers throughout Kent.

    With over 20 years of experience, our team is equipped to deal with any drainage emergency, using state-of-the-art equipment.

    Our professional, skilled engineers work on a range of commercial sites including schools, restaurants, universities, bars, hotels, hospital, cafes, cinemas, shopping centres, residential homes and more.

    We also have the capabilities and equipment to empty any type or size of septic tank at residential, rural and agricultural properties.

    We are committed to helping our customers any time of day and offer our services 24/7 with out-of-hours emergency callouts.

    With no call-out charges and a two-hour response time, it’s obvious why Kent Drainage are one of the most trusted drainage companies throughout the south east region.

    In the case of an emergency during out of office hours call 07388 263315 for help

    Benefits of Choosing Us to Empty Your Septic Tank

    Our Coverage

    Professional & reliable wastewater engineers covering the following areas:


    • Ashford
    • Broadstairs
    • Canterbury
    • Chatham
    • Dartford
    • Deal
    • Dover
    • Faversham
    • Folkestone
    • Gillingham
    • Gravesend
    • Herne Bay
    • Hythe
    • Maidstone
    • Margate
    • Medway
    • Minster
    • New Romney
    • Northfleet
    • Orpington
    • Ramsgate
    • Rochester
    • Sevenoaks
    • Sheerness
    • Sittingbourne
    • Swanley
    • Thanet
    • Tonbridge
    • Tunbridge Wells
    • Whitstable


    • Aveley
    • Basildon
    • Billericay
    • Braintree
    • Brentwood
    • Canvey Island
    • Chadwell St Mary
    • Chelmsford
    • Chigwell
    • Clacton-on-Sea
    • Colchester
    • Epping
    • Grays
    • Halstead
    • Harlow
    • Harwich
    • Loughton
    • Maldon
    • Rayleigh
    • Rochford
    • Saffron Walden
    • South Woodham Ferrers
    • Southend-on-Sea
    • Stanford-le-Hope
    • Tilbury
    • Tiptree
    • Waltham Abbey
    • Walton-on-the-Naze
    • Wickford
    • Witham

    East & West Sussex

    • Burgess Hill
    • Bexhill-on-Sea
    • Bognor Regis
    • Brighton
    • Chichester
    • Crawley
    • Crowborough
    • East Grinstead
    • Eastbourne
    • Hailsham
    • Hastings
    • Haywards Heath
    • Horsham
    • Hurstpierpoint
    • Lewes
    • Littlehampton
    • Newhaven
    • Peacehaven
    • Polegate
    • Portslade-by-Sea
    • Saltdean
    • Seaford
    • Selsey
    • Shoreham-by-Sea
    • Southwick
    • St Leonards
    • Uckfield
    • Westergate
    • Woodingdean
    • Worthing


    • Addlestone
    • Ashtead
    • Banstead
    • Camberley
    • Caterham
    • Cobham
    • Cranleigh
    • Dorking
    • Egham
    • Epsom
    • Esher
    • Ewell
    • Farnham
    • Frimley
    • Godalming
    • Guildford
    • Haslemere
    • Horley
    • Kingston upon Thames
    • Leatherhead
    • Oxted
    • Redhill
    • Reigate
    • Richmond
    • Staines
    • Walton-on-Thames
    • Warlingham
    • Weybridge
    • Windlesham
    • Wokingham

    We also empty septic tanks across the entire city of London

    Our team of wastewater engineers can be with you in 2 hours or less.