Escape to the Country: Things to Consider

November 27, 2015

Are you growing tired of the bright lights? The hustle and bustle of city life? Perhaps you long to be at one with nature and prosper from the land? Whatever your reasoning, many people are choosing to relocate to the countryside. In fact, it is predicted in the next decade there will be a 6% increase in people swapping urban lifestyles for rural living, that’s more than half a million people in the UK.

Whether you choose to build your own idyllic retreat from scratch, renovate an old barn or transform a period farm house into the family home, there are some elements of country living that people often overlook; things we simply take for granted living in residential areas.

 

The Utility Luxuries of Urban Living

  • Electricity - Have you considered how reliable the electricity supply is in the area? It may be worth investigating if power cuts are a commonality, perhaps due to the properties’ exposure to the elements.

 

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If this is a frequent recurrence, an expectation of country living almost, then consider how long it takes for power to be restored. Many people living in very rural areas invest in back up energy generators or off the grid solutions, such as solar panels (great for your carbon footprint too), however these are an additional expense you may want to factor in to your move.

 

  • Water Supply - Most homes in the UK are connected to a mains water supply, but out in the countryside it may be wise not to assume you will have the same, powerful water pressure you would expect from urban living, therefore some people install a well or water cistern to store water.

 

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However, it is crucial for your health that you store this water correctly. If intended for potable use, water needs to be kept in a sterile and completely enclosed tank to ensure it’s safe for human consumption.

 

  • Signal - It is a lovely thought to be tucked away at home away from the world, but having access to the outside world is essential for many of us these days. Have you considered what the signal would be like for satellite TV, the internet and mobile phones in the countryside?

 

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Maybe some would be glad of the peace and quiet, but this could prove problematic if you are planning on working from home (there may be some unhappy teenagers if there is a lack of social media access too).

 

  • Waste - Often an afterthought when relocating is waste management. If your property is in a remote area then it may be likely that it is not connected to the main sewerage supply and therefore may utilise an alternative system, such as a cesspit system.

 

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A cesspit is a sealed tank which has an inlet from the property (but no outlet) and used for the storage of sewage; older cesspits tend to be made of brick, however new builds tend to have fiberglass models.

These are watertight in order to prevent the leakage of foul which could cause odour and pollution, however it is crucial that your cesspit is emptied frequently, to avoid overflowing.

The frequency of having your cesspit emptied will vary from household to household (this depends on how many people you have living with you and how many utilities are connected to the cesspit) but it is recommended that you do this at least once a year regardless, if not twice! 

 

Ahhh the Smell of Country Air… Or Wait, Is That Your Cesspit?

Drainage of your cesspit will need to be undertaken by a drainage contractor, like GD Environmental, who have a waste carriers licence. They will come to your home and transfer the waste contents of your cesspit into a tanker vehicle.

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A top tip is to maybe chat to some of your neighbours (if you have any out there) and collectively schedule your cesspit emptying. This is a simple way of remembering to get it done regularly, to save on the environmental impact of separate journeys being made by the tanker and perhaps even as a way to make new friends (great conversation starter!).

 

Drainage and cesspit specialists, GD Environmental can offer a wide range of waste management services to help you with your move and countryside living, from blocked drains to cesspit emptying, treat your home right!

 

Contact us now for any advice or to find out about our services. Call 01633 277755 or click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 (Images from:Hartwig HKD (CC BY-ND 2.0) ,Walt Stoneburner (CC BY 2.0) ,Nick Page (CC BY 2.0),   billsoPHOTO (CC BY-SA 2.0),  Craig Sunter (CC BY-ND 2.0)