Septic tank inspection

Septic Tank Visits

For customers using the scheduled Septic Tank service, we’ll arrange an agreed planned programme of visits and. we’ll confirm the times in writing.

Arriving at Your Property 

Our tanker driver will confirm when they have arrived at your property. All of our drivers carry a Scottish Water identification card. There is no requirement for the owner to be present at the time of de-sludging. Our driver will leave you confirmation of our visit, including details of the work carried out. 

Tanker routes are programmed on a weekly basis. Due to the widespread location of tanks and their varying sizes, it's generally not possible to provide an exact time when our tanker will arrive.

We programme our route according to numbers in any geographic area. It's unlikely we can accept requests to provide services on a particular day. However, where possible, we'll try to accommodate any special requests.

To change the date of your tanker visit, or to change the agreed de-sludging intervals on your scheduled service, contact:  Customer Helpline on 0800 0778 778. 

Access Requirements to Your Property 

In general our tankers are large vehicles, up to 26 tonnes in weight (fully loaded), 8.5 metres long, 3 metres wide and 4 metres high. 

To be able to provide our de-sludging service we must have clear access, by road and hardstanding, to within 25 metres of the septic tank. 

The difference in level between the tank and where our tanker will sit should not be greater than 4 metres. 

Emptying Your Tank 

We will carry out de-sludging where your tank is located between 25 metres and 40 metres from the tanker location. 

After carrying out a risk assessment we may decide the job requires 2 people to carry out the work safely. If so, we may have to reschedule the visit with additional resource.

Where the distance and height difference between tank and tanker will put undue strain on the onboard pump, we may not be able to carry out the work. 

Where your tank is greater than 40 metres from the tanker location our septic tank, a planning advisor will be in touch with you before we plan the work. 

Many Tanks Are Different 

If, after carrying out a risk assessment on our first visit, the work cannot be carried out safely, or will put undue strain on the onboard pump, we will have to postpone the de-sludge. You will be liable for an abortive visit charge in this circumstance. 

If a tank is too big for our fleet we will provide an estimate for arranging specialist equipment to attend, upon request by the owner. 

If the layout of your property prevents our tanker from gaining proper access then we may not be able to provide a de-sludging service. The decision on whether or not the tank is accessible lies with the tanker driver. We will make every effort to ensure we can provide these essential services. 

If we're not able to gain access to de-sludge your tank for reasons that are out of our control, we may have to charge you the costs incurred for attending your property. 

If you have any doubt about the accessibility of your septic tank, call our Customer Helpline on 0800 0778 778 for further advice. 

Access to Your Neighbour’s Property 

If the only access to your tank is through property you do not own, you are responsible for obtaining your neighbour’s written consent, and also for any unavoidable damage caused. This consent must be provided prior to the work being carried out. Any costs arising from shared access will be re-chargeable to you.


Our tanker drivers are skilled and experienced in driving our vehicles. They will exercise due care and diligence in accessing your septic tank. Except where negligence is proven, we will not normally accept liability for damage to private drainage systems, access roads, driveways, forecourts, bridges, culverts, paths, lawns, verges, gates, borders and so on, or to other areas, property or underground services which may be adversely affected as a result of our tanker gaining access to your septic tank. 

If you have any concerns about damage caused during a de-sludging, please call us immediately: Customer Helpline 0800 0778 778. 

Application for Service

Apply for our septic tank services here. Please note due to ongoing operational issues, there may be a delay in the processing and emptying of your tank.

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