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Are you searching for septic tank emptying near me? Alton Pump Services provide affordable septic tank emptying in your local area, get in touch with Alton Pump Services. We have a fleet of tankers covering Hampshire and Surrey, and our friendly drainage engineers are fully trained in safe wet waste management.  We have tankers that remove waste from septic tanks, cesspits, treatment plants and cesspools.



Alton Pump Services


Alton Pump Services


Alton Pump Services


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Septic Tank Emptying Near You


This of course depends on the size of your sewage tank and the number of people using the facilities.  On average it’s advisable to empty your tank at least annually if you are living in a household of around 3-4 people. You should book your tank empty accordingly.

What's the difference between a cesspit and a septic tank?


Septic tanks are part of a sewage treatment system and have an outlet that runs to a soakaway. ​ The septic tank is used for wastewater treatment through biological decomposition and drainage. A cesspit or cesspool is a holding tank without an outlet.

Septic tanks can come in all different shapes and sizes. Older tanks may be brick built or concrete, modern ones are made of reinforced plastic. Septic tanks differ to cesspits as they are not sealed. Bacteria inside the tank breaks down the solid waste decomposing it more rapidly allowing the liquids to separate. As a result that they drain away through the gaps in the brickwork into the surrounding soil.

Septic tanks don’t have any mechanical parts or perform any treatment of the waste.

The process is:
  • Waste enters the tank.
  • Next waste separates into three different layers.
  • Middle layer of separated waste water leaves the tank via soakaway system.
  • Solids are broken down due to the bacteria.

A soakaway system is a network of slotted or perforated pipes, these allow the waste water to percolate through the sub soils.  Any remaining contents of the tank are removed at regular intervals by a tank emptying company.



A cesspit is a sealed holding tank for waste. Waste does not soak away – it stays there until the tank is emptied. There is no treatment of the waste that goes in, it simply separates into three layers within the underground tank. Cesspits typically have a maintenance cover to allow access for waste collection.  Because of the gas build up in the pit an exhaust is used to allow the gases to escape. As a result of the toxic, untreated nature of the waste, cesspits pose a greater threat to the environment if they fail. Cesspits require more emptying than septic tanks which can become expensive, so consequently they are not as common.

septic tank installation


The decomposition process in the tank slows down, consequently waste starts to back up rather than drain away. Eventually, you may find your washing machine runs slower or your toilet flush is weak.

As your tank is out of sight it is easy to forget about it. However, the most obvious sign that your tank needs emptying is overflow and water-logging in the area surrounding your tank –  noticeable by the foul smell!

Tanks need to be emptied regularly to prevent solid waste eventually building up where it can’t be compacted anymore. As a result, toxins and antibacterial substances build up killing the vital bacteria that break down the waste. Alton Pump Services remove both solids and liquids and also provide septic tank cleaning services.

Septic Tank Cleaning

We recommend that septic tanks are emptied and cleaned regularly. A build-up of solids is one of the leading causes of septic tank failure. At Alton Pump Services our drainage team offer comprehensive septic tank maintenance services, including jet cleaning.] to keep your tank in good working order.

Septic Tank Installation

Get the right septic tank for your needs and ensure it is compliant when you book with Alton Pump Services.  We design, install and service septic tanks for both domestic and commercial properties. Our team will manage the installation from start to finish to ensure minimal disturbance.

Building Regulations 2010 – Drainage and waste disposal

Building regulations state that it is a legal responsibility of the property owner to ensure that their waste treatment system doesn’t ’cause pollution, a health hazard or a nuisance’.

The regulations outline the requirements for septic tanks, drainage fields, cesspits  and sewage treatment plants. Local authorities can check that your system is:

  • Correctly located
  • Suitable size for the property (or properties)
  • Appropriate for the local ground conditions
  • Maintained regularly to avoid environmental pollution.

24 Hour Emergency Call Out

At Alton Pump Services we believe in preventative maintenance to manage your septic tank, however if you need an emergency call out, our friendly and efficient team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  With offices in both Hampshire and Surrey, we are strategically based to cover London and the South Coast. Call us today – we’re here to help.

Areas We Cover

If your property is in a rural location in Hampshire or Surrey, it’s likely that you will have off mains drainage. This means that you will have a self contained drainage system which will take the waste from your property. It will usually be connected just to your property, but occasionally the system might be shared with other neighbouring properties.

Waste from your property’s toilets, sinks, showers and kitchen appliances will run through a network of pipes from your property until they meet with a main sewer, typically under a nearby main road. Rules introduced in 2015 by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs means any new systems septic tank or cesspit systems must not pollute the land and dictate where a system can be located, and how the waste can be discharged. Your local Water and Sewage company will be responsible for the pipe work that runs from the boundary of your property.



Our knowledge and experience is second to none. We have the skills and training to resolve even the most challenging issues.


All our work is carried out to the highest standards – this keeps our customers happy and returning to us year after year.


Problems occur when you least expect it. Our engineers are on hand 24/7 to assist.

For septic tank emptying near you Call: 01420 561661 today