Septic Tank Services Townsville

Septic Tank Extraction in Townsville

If your home or business has a sewage tank, it’s important to have it emptied and the contents disposed of safely. That’s where the team at TMP Civil Services Pty Ltd comes in—we’re experienced in de-sludging a variety of septic tanks throughout Townsville.

Why have your septic tank pumped out?

Having your septic tank pumped regularly will:

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We install, repair and pump out septic tanks and sullage trenches. We have CCTV cameras to investigate problems. Speak to our experienced tradesmen to discuss solutions for your rural and remote requirements in and around Townsville.

Some signs that a septic tank is not working properly:

  • The sewage in the toilet or the liquid waste from other fixtures flows away very slowly
  • Liquid waste overflows from the disconnector trap & wet areas are seen at the top of the septic tank
  • There is a strong unpleasant smell near the septic tank & the grass around the tank is very green and growing well

For septic pumping services, call our qualified team today.

Septic Tank FAQs

Do you have a question about our septic tank services or how septic tanks work? Check out our FAQs below. If your questions aren’t answered below, feel free to give us a call on (07) 4728 3133, our team is happy to assist.

1. What is a septic tank?

A septic tank is a sealed container where domestic waste (sewage) is stored for treatment, which is usually concealed underground, it can be made from plastic, concrete or fibreglass. Sepic tanks can be round or rectangular in shape and are designed to be watertight.

The purpose of a septic tank is to provide primary treatment to wastewater in order for it to be disposed of safely and without causing contamination to the environment.

2. Do all houses have septic tanks?

Not everyone has a septic tank – they’re uncommon in cities and towns, which have developed intricate sewage systems to deal with domestic waste disposal. However, septic tanks are often found in rural properties. Many buildings with septic tanks also have their own water well to get drinking water from.

3. How do septic tanks work?

After being flushed down the toilet, the wastewater is stored in the septic tank until it naturally separates into three layers – oils and grease at the top, wastewater and particles in the middle and solids at the base. As solids drop to the bottom, bacteria living inside the tank break down the solids until they decompose.

4. How do you look after and clean a septic tank?

As well as appropriate cleaning and having your septic tank professionally emptied, it is important to be careful about what gets flushed into the septic system. Septic tanks usually need to be emptied every 3-5 years or less for smaller tanks.

Septic Tank Cleaning

Correct cleaning will prevent backups and blockage problems from occurring. This is because toxins and antibacterial substances can build up, causing the bacteria that decomposes the waste to die off.

A natural solution for cleaning septic tanks can be made from a quarter of a cup of baking soda, half a cup of household vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

As this is a natural cleaning product, it is suitable for septic tanks. Using harsh cleaning chemicals will interfere with the vital bacteria that break down the solid waste and can lead to blockages.

5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a septic tank?


As the septic tank is only used for your property, you don’t need to pay public sewer fees or taxes. Another benefit is that if an issue occurs it is easier to manage the investigation and repairs as you won’t need to go through the council or access any shared equipment or publicly-owned sewer systems. Septic tanks can last for over forty years when maintained and looked after appropriately.


Sewage backup is the main problem that can occur with septic tanks, which results from clogged pipes or a clog within the tank itself. Septic systems can easily become blocked if incorrect items are flushed such as cotton wool, cat litter and paper towels. Whereas public sewer systems can generally handle these types of items, septic tanks are more fragile.

If we haven’t been able to answer your question above, contact us and we’ll gladly help.