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Cesspits come in all shapes and sizes and are usually discreetly placed underground with only a single manhole cover revealing their location. Many older properties will have cesspits made of traditional brick construction, where as more recent properties will have tanks constructed from fibreglass and other modern materials.
Cesspits are a sealed tank which takes all of the liquid effluent from the property, whuch in addition to the sewage waste, would include waste water from the sinks, bath and shower. Because cesspits are fully sealed apart from the manhole cover, they will require emptying on a more requent basis.
Cesspits are usually installed in preference to septic tanks where ground conditions dictate or to remove the potential of causing pollution.
How Often Should I Empty My Cesspit?
There is no definitive rule to answer this question, as it will depend upon several factors - including the size of the tank, the number of properties it services, the size of the properties, the number of occupants and are washing machines and dishwashers discharging into the cesspit.
Do's and Don'ts
Because the cesspit is a sealed system there is little in the way of house hold liquid that cannot be discharges into it However:
- Don't discharge flammable liquids in to the cesspit
- Don't allow the area around the manhole cover to become over grown.
- Do have the cesspit emptied ( de-sludged ) on a regular basis
- Do use biologically friendly products.