Is your off mains sewage system compliant?

As of January 2020, the Environment Agency’s general binding rules state. If you have a septic tank that directly discharges to surface water, you will be required to replace or upgrade to a full sewage treatment plant. In addition, if you are considering selling or buying a property a  home drain survey is now a legal requirement of the sales process. A report is required to confirm the structural status and compliance of all properties with off mains sewage and if the system is not compliant then the necessary action needs to be agreed between the buyer and seller.  To ensure the system conforms and the sale of the property can complete.

What does this actually mean?

It means it is now an illegal offence to discharge waste from a septic tank into ditches, streams, canals, rivers, surface water drains or any other type of water-course. These new Environmental Agency rules are complex and additional information can be found here: . Alternatively if you any questions one of the Owls Hall Environmental team would be happy to answer them. Please contact us on 01371 504 045.

How do I know if my off mains sewage meets the new rules?

The most effective way to find out if your drain system is compliant is to have a drain survey completed by a qualified engineer. The survey will carry out an extensive inspection of the tank and all the pipework using CCTV technology and provide a comprehensive report of the findings. At Owls Hall Environmental we have a dedicated home drain survey team who will arrange, complete your survey, produce your report and explain in detail what your report means. If your drain system requires any maintenance repairs or new parts, our team will clarify this and confirm any costs involved to complete the work. Our team aims to complete your survey and provide you report within seven days of your initial contact.

How to arrange your  home drain survey?

Simply contact our home drain survey team by telephone: 01371 504 045 or  Email:   or complete our online form.  They will be happy to arrange a convenient time for our engineer to visit and complete your  home drain survey.