Taking care of your cesspit

November 4, 2016

Do you want to escape to the country? Then you'll need to be aware of how a cesspit works and how to look after it. Many rural areas are not on mains drainage, so cesspits and septic tanks provide the solution.

What is a cesspit?

Despite the name, a cesspit is a tank that collects your household waste. This is then emptied regularly, and the waste taken to a sewage plant for treatment.

The fundamental difference between a cesspit and a septic tank is that a septic tank has a soakaway which allows the liquid waste to leach into the ground. In areas with a heavy clay subsoil, for example, or where there are rivers and streams nearby, a septic tank is not an option.

If you're considering buying a home with cesspit drainage, take the time and trouble to have it surveyed properly to check for leaks and damage.

Caring for your cesspit

• Regular inspection and maintenance: if a survey has flagged up any problems, get them dealt with as quickly as possible. You should never inspect a cesspit yourself, because they vent toxic gases through the exhaust pipe. This is a job for the professionals like GD Environmental [http://www.gd-environmental.co.uk/domestic/drainage/].

• Be water wise: use low flow taps and shower heads, spread out your washing loads throughout the week and never flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Even products marked 'flushable' can clog your system.

• Fit an alarm: if your cesspit doesn't have an alarm to alert you to when it needs emptying, have one fitted. Don't leave it to guesswork. On average, a cesspit will need emptying at least every 6 months and as frequently as every 45 days.

• Empty your cesspit frequently: this prevents the build up of sludge, which can create problems.

A job for the professionals

As a householder, it's your responsibility to maintain your cesspit and have it emptied when necessary. At GD Environmental we'll deal with your waste disposal in a speedy and flexible manner and offer 24 hour emergency call outs for complete peace of mind. For help with your specific requirements, contact us [http://www.gd-environmental.co.uk/contact/] and we'll be happy to help.