Septic Tank Emptying Somerset – Commercial Domestic

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Here at Burnham Portable Toilet Hire we have been emptying septic tanks, bio digesters, cess pits for as long as we can remember, since 2002. With different size vehicles we can reach most tanks, we also carry 60 meters of pipe on the lorries. Burnham Portable Toilets are a reliable and experienced company that provides septic tank emptying services in Somerset, Bristol and throughout the South West. We have a team of qualified and experienced technicians who can empty your tank quickly and efficiently. We also offer a range of other waste management services, including portable toilet hire, waste disposal, and cleaning services.

When booking an empty, we will ask several questions such as:

  • When was the last time you had your tank emptied?
  • How far is the tank from where we can safely park the lorry?

We ask these questions as it is vital for us to understand what we are dealing with on arrival. If tanks are left for years, the tank can become solid, making an hour slot possibly three hours. We encourage customers to have regular empties, one per annum generally, certainly no longer than two years.

Understanding more about the domestic and commercial costs of septic tank emptying and waste disposal

Now we can embark on a comprehensive journey through the complex realm of waste management. The focal point of our discourse was the crucial role of septic tanks and the dedicated services provided by our lovely local family company, serving our neighbours for over 30 years:

When it comes to septic tank emptying costs, we discussed the varying prices, which can depend on the volume of waste and the location. For a domestic tank locally handling up to 1000 gallons of waste, the cost is around £160. However, for a large-scale commercial job involving a fully-loaded tanker, the cost could go up to £500. Please bear in mind these are summer 2023 prices, and these prices are not fixed. They are subject to change with the fluctuating market conditions and operational costs. We encourage future enquiries to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information to avoid any misunderstandings. We wouldn’t want anyone calling in 2024 expecting the same rates as the cost of services may have adjusted by then.

Accessible Video Voiceover to our Septic Tank Emptying Services in Local Somerset Areas

Read more about our septic tank emptying services on our main website page, here the importance of maintaining septic tanks was stressed, with a focus on regular inspections and the necessity of pumping out the tank to prevent overflow and water contamination. We also talked about potential signs that indicate the need for septic tank replacement.

We began by discussing the various benefits of using septic tanks as part of an onsite sewage facility, notably their cost savings and environmental impact. We explored the process of biological decomposition and sedimentation that happens within the tank, and how this contributes to waste treatment.

We touched upon how to select the appropriate tank for a commercial business, highlighting the importance of assessing factors such as tank capacity, the volume of wastewater generated, and the physical attributes of the site. The conversation also included an in-depth look at the installation process, where the emphasis was on professional expertise, and the usage of machinery like backhoes. We delved into the significance of a thorough soil evaluation, and the consideration of eco-friendly alternatives, such as a drip distribution system or constructed wetland system, to minimise environmental impact.

Septic Tank Emptying Somerset Bio Digester and Domestic Commercial Cess Pits

Septic Tank, Bio Digester and Cess Pit Emptying – Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note

Our friendly team, will go above and beyond. They all have a wealth of experience and have seen it all. We will leave you with a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note, this shows how much we have taken and where the waste is disposed of. Here at Burnham Portable Toilet Hire we have all the relevant licences and insurance. If you were to sell your property, your solicitor would want copies of waste transfer notes.

Burnham Portable Toilet Hire’s wide service area spans Bristol and along the M5 corridor, reaching individual companies and industrial ones alike. We are proud to provide a localised solution for effective waste management, with an emphasis on professional service and environmental responsibility.

Legalities and Costs of Emptying Septic Tanks – Check Waste Carriers Licence

BEWARE: If you have a quote that is cheap, it’s not always best. There are lots of rouge companies claiming they have waste carriers licences, this is not always the case. It is then illegal for them to remove your waste.

“If it sounds to good to be true, it generally is.

Call 01278 794800 to speak to our experienced team.”

Bio Digester, Septic Tank and Cess Pit Differences

A septic tank consists of one storage tank designed to allow the solid and liquids waste to separate slowly. These tanks must be water tight to allow no contamination into the ground. Bacteriological action will take place and so that liquid can safely exit the tank to a soakaway system, where liquids can be dispersed into the ground.  These tanks are usually placed in properties that cannot connect to mains drainage. All raw sewage and waste water will feed into the tank from the property.

These tanks can vary from any shape and size – we have the ability to reach tanks that are not always easily accessible.

A cess pit is a collection area for both effluent and waste water like a septic tank. However, cess pits do not have a soakaway system, this means that the wet waste has nowhere to go. A cess pit is basically a holding tank until it is emptied.

These types of pits will require regular emptying as they will fill quickly due to the nature of the pit and no soakaway system in place, and this could cause them to overflow.

A biodigester is a more affective form of a septic tank. It converts the raw sewage and waste into biogas. Like all types of tanks, they require maintenance and checks from time to time. The biodigester will require emptying to maintain its functionality.

What is a septic tank? What is the difference between domestic and commercial?

A septic tank is a system that treats wastewater from homes and businesses that are not connected to a public sewer system. The tank is typically made of concrete or plastic and is buried underground. Wastewater flows into the tank and is broken down by bacteria. The solids settle to the bottom of the tank and the liquid is pumped out periodically. A domestic tank will hold around 1,000 litres on average; with industrial and commercial tanks being far larger in design.

How to choose the right septic tank for my commercial business

The size of the septic tank you need will depend on the number of people or businesses that will be using it. You will also need to consider the type of wastewater that will be generated. For example, a restaurant will generate more wastewater than a retail store.

Once you know the size of the tank you need, you can start to consider the type of tank. There are two main types of septic tanks: single-chamber tanks and two-chamber tanks. Single-chamber tanks are the simplest type of tank and are less expensive. However, they are not as effective at treating wastewater as two-chamber tanks. Two-chamber tanks are more complex and more expensive, but they are more effective at treating wastewater.

How to install a septic tank

The installation of a septic tank is a complex process that should only be done by a qualified professional. The first step is to excavate a hole in the ground that is large enough to accommodate the tank. The tank is then lowered into the hole and the hole is backfilled. The next step is to connect the tank to the plumbing system of the building. Finally, the tank is pumped out and the system is tested.

How to maintain a septic tank

The maintenance of a septic tank is relatively simple. The tank should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on the size of the tank and the amount of wastewater that is generated. The tank should also be inspected regularly to make sure that it is in good condition.

Signs the septic tank needs replacing

There are a few signs that your septic tank may need replacing. These signs include:

  • The tank is overflowing
  • The tank is backing up into the plumbing system
  • The tank is emitting foul odors
  • The tank is not treating wastewater effectively

Known advantages and disadvantages of septic tanks


  • Septic tanks are relatively inexpensive to install.
  • Septic tanks are low-maintenance.
  • Septic tanks do not require a connection to a public sewer system.
  • Septic tanks can be used in remote areas where there is no public sewer system.


  • Septic tanks can pollute groundwater if they are not properly maintained.
  • Septic tanks can be noisy.
  • Septic tanks can be smelly.

Septic Tank Emptying Commercial

These septic storage tanks are normally installed on sites where no sewage or mains drains are connected at that time. It will contain all the site’s waste water and sewage. These tanks can vary in size, Burnham Portable Toilet Hire can empty and service these tanks at all times. The only way to remove the waste is by a licensed contractor such as ourselves. Our highly trained operators will arrive on site with all the correct PPE and safely remove and dispose of the waste. This will ensure that you are complying with all the regulatory requirements, such as the Environment Agency.

We can arrange a service at a time and date to suit you. This can be a call off service or indeed to meet a schedule if you require.

Burnham Portable Toilet Hire will provide you with all necessary insurance certificates, waste carriers licence, permit to discharge and duty of care waste transfer notes.

Major companies in the area are amongst our regular customers. We currently work on Hinkley Point C site, where all of our drivers are badged and security checked.

Somerset areas covered for Waste Management and Septic Tank Emptying Domestic and Commercial

We cover Highbridge, Burnham On Sea, East Huntspill, West Huntspill, Mark, Wedmore, Axbridge, Tarnock, Cheddar, Stone Allerton, Chapel Allerton, Edithmead, Brean, Berrrow, Lympham, Brent knoll, East Brent, Rooksbridge, Biddisham, Bridgwater, North Petherton, Weston Super Mare, Worle, Cannington, Street, Wells, Bristol, Taunton, North Curry, Winscombe, Sidcot, Clevedon, Nailsea, Pawlett, Stretcholt, plus lots more.