How do cesspits become damaged?
A cesspit is typically constructed of GRP (glass reinforced plastic) or fibreglass, but older tanks are more likely to be rendered brick built tanks. They can become damaged in a number of ways:
Tree roots can grow through the walls of the cesspit, causing the waste water to leak out into the surrounding ground, as well as allowing ground water to leak into the tank
Ground movement can affect the structural stability of a cesspit, often cracks and splits in the tank’s walls, which also allows waste water to leak out and ground water to leak in
It may be hard to believe, but the water in the ground surrounding the cesspit (they can be around 3-4 metres below ground level) can place extreme pressure on the tank, causing cracks and fractures. In some cases, the force of the ground water on the base of the tank can even start to push the whole cesspit up and out of the ground
In tanks that are really old, the brickwork can start to crumble away, causing ground water to leak in, or waste water to leak out.
How do you know if you have a cesspit problem?
Cesspits usually need emptying between 4 and 8 times a year. Usually, the first sign of a cesspit problem is a need to empty the tank more often than usual. You can tell when the tank needs to be emptied by lifting the lids and checking the level of waste, or instead you might notice that your toilets are slower to flush or your sinks are gurgling.
Don’t worry, an increased need to empty your cesspit isn’t always a sign that the tank is damaged. It can just be down to an increase in the volume of waste going into the tank, for example over holiday when you might have more visitors at your property. If, after getting the cesspit emptied, you notice it goes back to its usual frequency of emptying, then it’s likely that there aren’t any bigger problems.
If, however, the tank fills up again quickly, it may be that the cesspit is damaged and ground water is leaking into the tank – causing it to fill artificially quickly. Just to complicate matters, if in the Summer months you find that your cesspit needs emptying less frequently than usual, this can also be a sign of a problem. This is because the waste from the cesspit may be escaping into the surrounding soil.
Cesspit repair can sometimes be complicated, because it often isn’t possible simply to patch them up. Each cesspit problem needs to be assessed in detail before recommendations should be given as to how to solve the problems. Contact our expert team today for a thorough investigation and advice as to what the options are.
Don’t pay for cesspit repair that you’ve already paid an insurance company to cover.
The good news is that there is a chance that the costs to repair or replace your cesspit might be covered by your existing buildings insurance – and we can look after everything for you. We are the only UK specialists in managing insurance claims for damaged cesspits, and are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority for claims handling. From registering a claim all the way through to getting any works undertaken, we manage everything on your behalf, and the only cost to you is any excess due on your policy.