Care & Maintenance Tips
Care and Attention for Treatment Plants
treatment plants of a quality make are designed to give many years service in
ground contact and dealing with a harsh internal
environment. As with any product a little care and
attention will help allow the plant to operate at optimum
Treatment plants work on a build up of a mix of bacteria that
deal with the carbon and nitrogen contents of the waste
products. As regards what should and should not go
into the system it relates simply to what will affect the overall health of the
biomass population. The following are a few tips gathered from
our experience over the years:
Oil and fats should be avoided as they
accumulate over the years coating the media on which the bacteria grow and
limiting further growth. In domestic situations much of this comes
off plates and a quick wipe with kitchen paper before the dishwasher makes a
huge difference. If fat does become a problem then an enzyme based dosing
control can be added to the plant relatively cheaply. Commercial properties with
kitchen facilities are strongly advised to follow this route.
household cleaners. The biomass is relatively large and will tolerate reasonable
quantities of chlorine releasing agents (bleach) but avoid excessive use.
We also suggest own brands as they are often weaker (and cheaper) and therefore
Unwanted medicines. Do not
dispose of unwanted antibiotics etc via the toilet.
This list can be by no
means exhaustive but it relates to common sense. Used engine oil, paint, paint
thinners, builders rubble, clothing and even an old barbecue are all products
found so far in plants which will not in anyway facilitate the effective running
of the plant.
Any fibrous material should not be disposed of via
the toilet, this includes nappies, sanitary items, baby wipes, hygiene &
facial wipes etc as they do not rot down. They will be removed on the desludge
but they should not be disposed of this way whether it be mains or off mains
In summary there are no special things to avoid but rather just
the use of common sense. It is a natural process designed to
deal with human waste products and it is not a general disposal mechanism.
If it can pass through your body – it can pass through the plant!
periodical check of the air blower housing (where fitted) is also worthwhile to
ensure that ants, mice, bees etc have not set up home and restricted the airflow
to the compressor. The housing should also be kept clear of plants and
vegetation to maintain a good airflow.
All units need regular desludge
and services to maintain a healthy biomass and it is generally a condition of
Environmental Agency Consent that a service contract is entered
into. Differing sizes of plants require a different level of
attention subject to their loading.
A unit for a
single domestic property will generally require one service and one desludge per
year. We are pleased to advise on the appropriate regime and then carry
this out according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Please also always
remember that you are legally responsible to ensure that the system does not
cause pollution, health hazard or nuisance.