Domestic Drives, Entrances and Septic Tanks

We have the experience and equipment for all types of domestic groundwork, landscaping and the installation of septic tanks.

If it’s a new driveway or entrance splay construction that’s needed or repairs to an existing driveway, our specialist team can help. From initial design to installation, we consider no job too small.

And when it comes to the installation of new or replacement septic tanks, we have the necessary excavating / heavy groundwork machinery for that task too.

Driveway Design - Paved Areas, Pool Decks and Entrance Splays

There are many types of driveway, pathways or entrances. These including asphalt, bonded paving, block paving, herringbone / interlocking paving, natural stones / slabs, decorative concrete, stamped concrete and cobblestones. In all cases, however, it is essential that preparation works and groundwork / excavation for the foundations are properly carried out. The necessary drainage to allow for the runoff of rainwater should also be constructed, any tree roots dealt with, and any sealing works carried out. It is also essential that the driveway be installed so that weeds do not become a problem, balancing this important issue with the matter of making the driveway permeable as otherwise surface-water could become an issue.   And when it comes to driveway repairs, any cracked or damaged areas would need to be fixed using the appropriate filler and sealed to ensure that erosion and freezing do not damage the area in the future.

Environmentally Friendly Septic Tanks -  Installation and Repairs

If you are a homeowner living in rural areas where connections to a city sewer or mains sewer system is simply not possible, an aerobic septic system is the obvious answer. Whilst it is possible to install or repair a septic tank yourself, this DIY route is not recommended unless you have some experience, as if you do it wrong you could be left in a real mess, both physically and from a legal point of view. Another point worth pointing out is that most problems with septic tanks are caused by incorrect installation. So save yourself a whole lot of problems by having an expert like Heming Services install your private off mains system. We fully understand all the local legislation regarding the type of tank (it must be rated to BS EN 12566-1 standards) that must be used, where on the property it can be installed (there are rules as to how close to the house it can be, and how far from an access point)  and how to create the necessary drainage channels (these must comply with Building Regulations or BS 6297) so that there are no issues with clogging or contamination to the local groundwater. Other issues like a correct level of ventilation need to be addressed (to prevent odours affecting your outdoor living space), and of course, a base (normally concrete) will have to be installed to ensure the correct bedding, stability and reduce stress on the tank’s structure. As you can see, installing a septic tank is not just a matter of digging a deep enough hole (for which you will need an excavator in most cases). All in all, the very best advice that anyone can receive it to get an expert, like Heming Services to do this complex job.

Expert Driveway Pavers and Septic System Design

The professional and courteous team at Heming Services have decades of experience in installing driveways and septic tanks, and we know we can offer the very best service, but we also understand that you want to be sure you have selected the best contractor for your driveway or septic tank installation or repair.

So, lets go though the process of picking the best company.

Evaluate the Contractor's Experience

When it comes to selecting a driveway, paving contractor or septic tank installer, experience matters. It is important to choose a contractor who has a proven track record of successfully completing similar projects. Start by asking the contractor how long they have been in the industry and specifically how many years they have been involved in these sorts of work. This will give you an idea of their level of expertise and familiarity with different types of paving materials and techniques, or in the case of septic tanks, how well they have dealt with different types of installation.

Special attention is also required when selecting a septic tank installer, as their licensing and certification must be up to date. You must ensure that the installer is properly licensed and certified to work in your local area. Licenses and certifications demonstrate that the installer has undergone the necessary training and possesses the expertise to handle septic tank installations and repairs. Without the proper credentials, you run the risk of hiring an inexperienced or unqualified contractor.

Additionally, ask the contractor to provide you with names of customers for whom they have completed similar projects. Reach out to these customers and inquire about their level of satisfaction with the contractor's work. Better yet, if possible, visit the locations where the contractor has carried out previous projects to assess the quality of their workmanship.

Check for Insurance Coverage

Before finalising your decision, ensure that the contractor you are considering is adequately insured. Accidents can happen during construction, and it is essential to protect yourself from any liability. Ask the contractor to provide proof of liability insurance coverage. This will ensure that you are not held responsible for any damage to your property or any accidents that may occur during the project. Choosing an insured contractor will give you peace of mind throughout the duration of the project.

Consider the Contractor's Portfolio and Attention to Detail

A reputable contractor should have a portfolio of their previous work readily available for potential clients to review. Ask the contractor to share examples of their past projects, including photographs and references. This will allow you to assess the quality of their work and their attention to detail.

Pay close attention to the materials used in their previous projects. A contractor who offers a variety of high-quality materials demonstrates their commitment to delivering excellent results. Additionally, their attention to detail should be evident in the precision and craftsmanship displayed in their completed projects.

Request a Written Agreement

Before commencing any work, it is crucial to have a written agreement in place. This agreement should include a detailed description of the proposed work, including the scope of the project, materials to be used, and the timeline for completion. Having a written agreement protects both parties and ensures that there are no misunderstandings or disputes during the project.

Review the agreement carefully and make sure it aligns with your expectations. If there are any modifications or additional requests, ensure that they are documented in writing and signed by both parties. This will provide a clear framework for the project and minimise the potential for disagreements.

Inquire About Guarantees and Warranties

A reliable contractor should stand behind the quality of their work. Ask the contractor if they offer any guarantees or warranties for their services and the materials they use. A minimum of a five-year installation guarantee on workmanship is a good standard to look for. Additionally, inquire about any warranties provided by the manufacturer of any materials like paving materials or septic tanks.

Having these guarantees and warranties in place provides you with reassurance that the contractor is confident in the durability and longevity of their work. It also protects you from any unexpected issues that may arise after the project is completed.

Read Customer Reviews and Seek Recommendations

One of the most valuable resources in choosing a driveway / paving or septic tank contractor is customer reviews. Take the time to research and read reviews from previous clients. Look for testimonials on the contractor's website, social media platforms, and other online review websites. This will give you insights into the experiences of other customers and their satisfaction with the contractor's work.

In addition to online reviews, seek recommendations from friends, family, or neighbours (when it comes to septic tanks, your neighbours are very likely have had to have some sort of work carried out at some stage) who have recently had work done. Personal referrals can provide valuable firsthand information about the contractor's professionalism, reliability, and the overall quality of their work.

Assess Quotations Carefully

While it is important to consider your budget, selecting a contractor based solely on the lowest price is not always the best approach. Remember the saying, "You get what you pay for." A contractor offering significantly lower prices may be compromising on the quality of materials or workmanship, so it is vital to ensure that when comparing quotes you check that they are ‘like for like’.

Instead, compare quotations from different contractors and evaluate the value they offer. Look for a balance between competitive pricing and high-quality services. Review the breakdown of the quotations to ensure that all aspects of the project are covered and there are no hidden costs or surprises.

Verify Local Knowledge and Compliance

Choosing a local contractor can offer several advantages. Local contractors are typically familiar with the local building codes, regulations, and permit requirements. This ensures that your project complies with the necessary standards and avoids any potential legal issues.

Additionally, local contractors are more accessible for ongoing communication and support. If any problems arise after the project is completed or if you require maintenance or repairs, a local contractor can respond promptly and efficiently.

Engage in Personal Communication

Before finalising your decision, schedule a meeting or phone call with the prospective contractor. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and gauge their level of knowledge and professionalism. Prepare a list of questions beforehand to ensure that all your concerns are addressed.

During the conversation, the contractor should be able to explain the process of building your driveway, paved area or septic tank, discuss the benefits and limitations of various surfacing options, and offer recommendations based on your specific needs and preferences. Their ability to communicate effectively and provide detailed explanations is a good indicator of their expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Evaluate the Contractor's Website

A contractor's website can provide valuable insights into their capabilities and expertise. Visit the contractor's website and assess its professionalism and informative content. A well-designed and informative website demonstrates the contractor's commitment to transparency and customer engagement.


Choosing the perfect contractor for your project requires careful consideration of several factors. By evaluating the contractor's experience, insurance coverage, portfolio, customer reviews, and communication skills, you can make an informed decision. Additionally, ensure that the contractor provides written agreements, guarantees, and transparent quotations.

Remember, the right contractor will not only enhance the curb appeal of your property, or leave you with peace of mind regarding your sanitation needs, but will also provide you with peace of mind throughout the construction process and beyond. Take the time to research and consider multiple options, and don't hesitate to ask for recommendations or seek professional advice when needed.

Why Heming Services is the best?

We are fully aware of the questions and requirements that our customers have, and know that we are the perfect supplier for any driveway, paving or septic tank installation works.

There are many reasons for this, but perhaps, the fact that we have access to all the equipment, expertise and work force ‘under one roof’ so to speak is the best. When you choose Heming Services, there are never any potentially unreliable sub contractors to delay your project.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements