Cost of Owning a Septic Tank???


Does anyone know if someone has a septic tank, are there any ongoing maintenance issues associated with them?
Or is it usually just a matter of having it cleaned out every so often by a specialist company?
If so, on average how often would a septic tank be emptied; and how much does this cost?
Any info is much appreciated...Thanks!!
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Replied already to your uk.diy posting Blair
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Our tank is emptied once a year and costs about 100 pounds to be emptied. There is also an annual maintenance visit which costs perhaps 50 pounds or so unless there is major work needing done. Once in the past seven years we had a bill for 600 pounds when the bearings on a motor went.
Depends on whether you just have a hole in the ground or what is effectively a mini sewage treatment plant like ours.
Jim
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