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The Drainage Field Survey scam

A guide to help avoid one of the common survey scams. To arrange a home buyers survey for your new property please call us on 0800 3101092 or via our contact form.

If you have do not have a British Standard Drainage Field do you have to upgrade to one?

A scam that we repeatedly encounter is firms telling customers that because they do not have a Drainage Field constructed to BS 6297: 2007 that they must upgrade. We have even seen some firms try to use this to sell a tank upgrade quoting it is required as a drainage field is not feasible in the space available, without even undertaking a Percolation Test! If the discharge from your tank was installed before 2007 then this is not the case. Please see the guidance from the EA below.

EA guidance is as follows:

  1. If a discharge is existing (i.e. discharging before 2015), then it could be that the infiltration system was installed before 1983 – i.e. before British Standards for drainage fields and therefore the infiltration system only has to meet whatever the best practices were at the time. An operator would not need to apply for a permit, so long as the discharge met the other rules for existing discharges for example not causing pollution, ensuring the treatment facility is maintained and working correctly etc.
  1. Some discharges may be existing i.e. before 2015 but after 1983 when British Standards were introduced. In this situation, the infiltration system would have to meet whichever British Standards were in force at the time and this would be for the operator to establish and ensure they comply with the General Binding Rules.

(Source Environment Agency 10/07/2020).

So for example, if you have a Septic Tank and a Soakaway that is working that was installed before 1983 it is highly likely that an upgrade or in fact any work at all is required.

Some of these companies are even offering “Free” compliance surveys. As one of my favourite economists says “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest”. If you are selling your house and your buyers have had one of these “Free” surveys please get it in touch.

If you would like a second opinion or a proper survey by honest people please get in touch.

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On the 1st January 2020, all Septic Tanks that discharge to a Stream, Watercourse or Drainage Ditch will become illegal and will require replacing with a Sewage Treatment Plant. Please see here for more details.

    5 star review  Actual Engineers! I had an installation carried out last year by another firm, we had problems ever since. These guys came out and got the tank working properly, fixed the faults and we have not had any problems since. It was such a relief to meet actual engineers instead of the normal sales guy followed by inept untrained guys. Great job and great value, I would recommend to anyone.

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    5 star review  We really loved using these guys; it was so refreshing to deal with a company who genuinely wanted to do a good job. Just as their website promised we met a real engineer, James, when they came to quote and he was the guy that turned up to do the job. No salesman, no rubbish just good lads doing a good job. We would recommend to anyone.

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    5 star review  We made some new friends We recently moved to the New Forest and didn’t check our tank before we moved in. Needless to say, it was in really poor condition. We had a few people round to look at it when we met Dave and James we asked them to install the new tank as soon as we could. You could just tell that they knew what they were about and the quote was really competitive. Also, they were local. It was really nice having them and sharing a couple of cold beers with them at the end of the day.

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Expert wastewater treatment engineers who specialise in Septic Tank and Soakaway replacements as well as Sewage Treatment Installations. We are based in the New Forest, Hampshire but operate across the South Coast as well as Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire.

The Home of Septic tank and private drainage system solutions. 

Based in the New Forest, Hampshire on the border with Dorset and Wiltshire we operate an expert team of off-mains drainage specialists. This encompasses Septic Tank, Soakaway and drainage system problems, installations, blockages, and servicing. In addition, any issues relating to cesspits and sewage treatment plants.

Homeseptic offers high quality, professional advice, repairs and installation for all aspects of effluent cleansing and disposal across the south of England. Whether you’re looking for septic tank installation, sewerage treatment plants or systems, piping or soakaway solutions, Homeseptic employs only the most competent engineers in the drainage and treatment industry and knows exactly which solutions suit each property.

We only install and offer quality systems we believe in, from suppliers we know and trust.

New Forest Philosophy

As we have said Homeseptic is based in the New Forest. A great location in between the cities of Southampton, Salisbury and Bournemouth. We are a group of good friends who grew up together in the area.  Individually we all have grown tired of the way other Drainage firms are run. As a result, this is why we set up Homeseptic. If you want to know more please check out our About Page

We want to actually put the customer first and turn up to do a great job that we can be proud of. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the market, with most companies pressuring their workers to sell unnecessary works on a visit. Due to this, we offer upfront quotations with any variations discussed before we start work.

We are honest hard working professionals, which we hope you will agree with. As a result, it will certainly not turn up in flash sales vehicles and give you a load of chat and then do a terrible job. Our team will come with the job in mind and the aim of giving you the best value we can in order to facilitate a quality installation. 

We cover all of Hampshire, West Sussex, Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Please get in touch and see what you think.

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