Septic Tank Emptying Chalk

We have been working with customers in the village of Chalk for many years now and are delighted to provide a first-class, quality service every time. Our works vary greatly, from small to large scale – working with both domestic and commercial Septic Tank Emptying.

Chalk is a village and since 1935 a former civil parish which adjoins the east of Gravesend, Kent, England. As is intuitive, its name comes from the Saxon word cealc meaning a chalkstone. In 1931 the parish had a population of 563.

One layer of the chalk carries flints, stones embedded in the chalk, and these were used in building and in providing the means of fire for muskets. The stone is often cut to provide a flat edge as a craft known as flint-knapping. The trade was worked in Chalk from the 17th century onwards. Gun-flints were produced here in large quantities until the early 19th century.

Current issues relating to the immediate environment around Chalk include a proposed new Lower Thames Crossing across the nearby estuary marshes, confirmed in 2017.

Chalk, already known in the 8th century from a witan (a Saxon meeting) held here, is mentioned in the Domesday Book. An Iron Age settlement discovered near St. Mary’s Church following the laying of a gas pipeline. A large Roman villa was discovered here in 1961. Of the farms in the parish, Filborough is the oldest, having historical mention as early as AD 1220. At one time it was owned by Henry VIII. Two of its manor houses were called West Court and East Court.

Chalk’s major claim to fame is its connection with Charles Dickens. Here he spent his honeymoon with his new bride, Catherine Hogarth; and it was here that he wrote the early instalments of Pickwick Papers. He also used the old forge in the village as a model for Joe Gargery’s cottage in Great Expectations. The building still stands as a historically listed building .

In 1935 Chalk parish became part of the Municipal Borough: until then it had been a somewhat remote village. In the main street was one of the tollgates for toll road opened between Northfleet and Strood; it remained until 1871. In 1921 the new Gravesend-Rochester road was built which left the former main village street to the north. The village inn, the White Hart now stands on the main road (now converted and part of the Harvester Restaurant group); and the school closed to be replaced by the village hall. The school project had been the brainchild of the Vicar of Chalk during the Victorian era, the Revd. William Joynes, and was originally funded largely through Joynes’s good working relationship with the Earl of Darnley; the ownership of the school became vested in the church’s Diocesan Board of Education. The local church bought the site through its PCC in 1960 during the ministry of the Revd Alan Holloway. The name “Chalk Parish Hall” was formalised at this time. The building was extensively enlarged in wood and equipped with a new but non-pitched roof in the later 1960s. After the building became significantly decayed through the rotting of the wooden structure, it was totally rebuilt in brick during 2006-7, and officially re-opened by The Duke of Kent on 5th June, 2007.

The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin lies some distance to the east of the village centre. A church building existed in this location for the Synod of Chalkhythe in 785 and was noted in the Domesday Book of 1086; the current structure dates from the 12th century. The font is Norman and the oldest bell was first hung in 1348. The tower, a prominent landmark for navigation in the Thames, dates from the 15th century.

Also within the parish was the one-time Gravesend Airport, opened as the Gravesend School of Flying in 1932, which during World War II became a Royal Air Force fighter base. Sold to developers in 1957, on much of its site is now one of the biggest post-war housing estates, known as Riverview Park Estate.

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For Septic Tank Emptying Chalk you have come to the right place. Septic tank systems are an affordable and environmentally friendly option for households where access to the main sewer system just isn’t possible. If you have a septic tank in Chalk, it will need cleaning and emptying regularly in order to avoid blockages and overflowing.

The specialists at First4drains offer an affordable Septic Tank Emptying service in Chalk to help keep your septic system in full-working order.

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What happens if you don’t empty your septic tank regularly in Chalk?

Not emptying your septic tank regularly can result in a number of unpleasant problems including:

  • A pungent smell
  • Toilets not flushing
  • Slow draining sinks
  • Waste backing up into your property
  • Gurgling pipes
  • Waste pooling above the soak-away field in your garden

How often you should empty your septic tank depends on the number of people in your household and they type of system and can be difficult to decide, however once a year is a good general rule to go by.

Government issued legislation in 2015 requiring regular maintenance by competent professionals so it is important to know what your responsibilities are.

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The best way to avoid problems with your septic tank system is to stick to a regular maintenance schedule. While there are no hard or fast rules on how often this should be as it depends on a variety of factors, at a bare minimum, you will want to arrange to have your septic tank pumped, cleaned and inspected at least once every 12 months.

When does a septic tank need emptying?

If you’ve noticed a bad smell in the area close to your septic system (more noticeable during the summer months), or have noticed the ground around where your septic tank is buried has become sodden, this is usually a tell-tale sign that your septic tank needs emptying. Another early warning sign of a full or backed-up septic tank is that your drains have started to drain slower than usual.

As we mentioned earlier, if it’s been over a year since you’ve last had your tank emptied, it would be a good idea to book a septic tank cleaning just to be safe and help avoid future troubles and costly bills.

Here at First 4 Drains we provide affordable septic tank emptying services to customers in and around the Chalk area. We will ensure your waste is responsibly disposed of and help keep your septic tank in good working order. If you have any questions then please contact our team today for more information or to book a septic tank cleaning.