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The Importance Of Regular Septic Tank Emptying: Homeowner's Guide

While hidden underground, the septic tank plays an important role in managing household waste. A crucial, often overlooked responsibility of owning a home is the regular maintenance of a septic tank. This involves having the tank emptied and cleaned by a professional every 1 to 2 years, depending on the size of the tank and number of people in the home.

Keep reading to learn the significance of regular septic tank emptying and why it should be a priority for homeowners.


1. Preventing Costly Repairs and Replacement

Neglecting a septic tank system can result in expensive repairs or even a complete replacement. Regular emptying removes accumulated solids, reducing the risk of clogs and blockages that could lead to significant damage.


2. Protecting the Environment

Untreated wastewater leaking from an overflowing or malfunctioning septic tank system can contaminate groundwater and harm nearby ecosystems. Regular emptying plays a crucial role in preserving the quality of local water sources.


3. Avoiding Foul Odours and Backups

An overflowing septic tank can cause unpleasant smells and sewage backups in your home or yard. Regular emptying prevents these issues before they become a problem.


4. Complying with Regulations

Emptying your septic tank regularly, and obtaining a treatment certificate for each empty, is required by law in Ireland. Local councils are responsible for carrying out inspections and issuing fines when a septic tank system is seen to not be maintained correctly.


Septic Tank Emptying Galway

Walsh Waste & Recycling have been emptying septic tanks in Galway since 1979, providing a comprehensive empty and clean as part of the service. Our expert team takes great pride in helping households maintain a working septic tank system. Click here to learn more or book a service.


Useful Links

The Environmental Protection Agency website has more information about managing waste water and septic tanks.