Cesspit Problems

Does your property have cesspit problems?

Cesspits (or cesspools, as they are also known) are often seen as a last resort when it comes to off mains drainage.  There are two main reasons for this.  Firstly, because a cesspit is literally just a holding tank for a property’s waste, it provides no form of treatment at all – therefore, cesspit problems can cause a serious pollution risk if the tank becomes damaged in any way, or overflows. Secondly, cesspits can be expensive for the property owner, because they need emptying so frequently (typically 6 – 10 times a year) as none of the waste water is dispersed into the ground.

Here is a diagram of a typical cesspit:

Cesspit diagram