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Off-mains: foul drainage

The removal of foul waste (ie sewage) is something we tend to take for granted in our homes. The waste from our toilets, sinks, disherwashers, washing machines and showers – basically anything that gets drained or flushed away – usually disappears without us having to think about where it’s going. But if you’re self building, you need to make sure everything’s in place to get it removed safely. A mains connection is the most practical and cheapest solution, but for many rural plots this isn’t available.

There are various ways to control foul waste if you haven’t got a mains connection. Whatever is collected will either be removed by tanker, filtered into surface water or into the ground. Before I go into details about how to manage discharging sewage, here are the five main options for collecting and storing the waste:

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Make a success of your self build home project with inspiring design ideas and practical advice from Build It magazine. Our October 2019 issue includes: - Smart Home Technology Special Guide - 10 Projects to Add Value to Your Build - Planning your Renovation Project - Learn from the Most Common Self Build Mistakes - Inspiring Reader Homes ... and more!

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Julia Riddle, one of our planning experts at the Build It Live shows and the director at Castle Planning, explains the importance of hiring a planning consultant when applying to your local authority for permission to build
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No strangers to major building projects, Kevin and Michelle Wood have successfully completed their first self build to create a modern family home
Thanks to a modular extension, it took just four weeks to turn Alex and Lise Quan’s three-bedroom bungalow into a seven-bed house overlooking the fields and valleys of Axminster
In self building their eco home on a Lakeland smallholding, Rick and Angie Cross have developed a far more sustainable lifestyle
Simon Baker has transformed this compact Welsh barn into a stunning modern home
John and Nicki Beavan spent almost a decade creating this stunning timber abode atop the branches of an ash tree on their farm
As first fix draws to an end and the walls get closed in, Chris Bates finds some works sail ahead, while others need a little more attention
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Having an organised plan in place is key to completing your scheme on time and within budget, but how do you prepare it and what happens if things go off track? Emily Smith takes a closer look
If you are considering installing underfloor heating, read Sophie Vening’s guide to how it works, how much it’s likely to cost and the installation process involved
From quick makeovers to larger projects, we investigate which schemes offer a good investment of your time and money
Broad spans of glass paired with minimal framing bring a raft of aesthetic and practical advantages – but what are the key considerations to bear in mind?
Everyone can expect some level of automation and remote control in their homes these days – but self builders have an opportunity to create integrated systems that help to make life easier. Emily Brooks investigates the options
What goes on behind the scenes in a smart home – and what are the are the options for operating your chosen system?
We take a closer look at the main elements of your home that will benefit from smart tech
EXPERT HELP
Appointing an architect to oversee your scheme through to completion can be a valuable investment in the long term, says Julian Owen
Most home building projects will come up against potentially time-consuming problems, however, understanding the common pitfalls before you get started will help keep you on track, says Mike Hardwick
Architect Opinder Liddar shares his top tips on how to maximise existing space in your home
Using this free, and plentiful, resource at home is good for the planet and your wallet. Nigel Griffiths discusses the essentials
If you aren’t connected to the mains sewage system, you’ll need to make sure you have the right provisions in place for your home’s waste. Tim Doherty explores the options
Looking to fund your bespoke home project? Each month we round up the best deals from leading lenders and update you on what you need to know to secure the right finance