Domestic Cesspool Cleaning
In order to retain a fully-functioning and effective plumbing system, keeping your domestic cesspool working without any blockages or overflow, is by ensuring that it is emptied on a frequent basis. The amount of time in between the emptying of the cesspool will depend on the size and type of the container and the number of people living in your property. The Environment Agency recommends, no matter the size of the container, the cesspool should be emptied every few months to effectively remove the large build-up of sludge that will occur.
A cesspool (also called a cesspit) is a sealed container, buried underground, that has an inlet that only allows waste materials to enter and once the chamber is full, it will require emptying. Cesspools are used in areas in which it isn't suitable to install a septic tank; such as poor ground conditions and a high water table. It can be easy to get a cesspool confused with a septic tank – unlike a cesspool, which doesn't treat the waste, a septic tank provides basic sewage treatment through its usage of two chambers, which separate liquid waste from solid waste before the outlet drains the liquid into a soakaway and into the ground. Only containing one chamber and no outlets, the contents of a cesspool will need to be removed by a vacuum tanker on a regular basis.
The frequency in which you need to have your domestic cesspool emptied will depend on a number of factors; namely the size of your property, how many people occupy it and the amount of water they use. This could mean that your tank may need emptying on a yearly, quarterly, even a monthly basis dependent on your circumstances. Overall, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the waste is dealt with and by hiring the services of a professional waste management company. With one, you can ensure that the job is undertaken quickly and appropriately.
Cesspool Best Practices
There are a few factors that can affect the effectiveness of your cesspool – by taking these few simple steps, your plumbing system will run as it should:
- Ensure that the level in the tank is checked regularly – allowing your cesspool to overflow is an offence according to the 1936 Public Health Act due it the likelihood of contamination of the surrounding area as a result of overflowing waste.
- Don't place any thick liquids or other materials down your plumbing system – these will have the high potential of causing blockages, using up space in the tank, causing an overflow and even polluting the waste present within the tank.
- Always ensure that biologically-friendly cleaning products are used – these will naturally dissipate when they enter the tank. Materials that are hazardous and flammable won't dissipate and will cause an environmental issue.
- Always keep the area surrounding the manhole clear, so easy access can be gained when the time comes to empty the contents of the domestic cesspool.
When will I know my cesspool needs emptying?
Although it's always best practice to get your cesspool emptied regardless if it's full or not, on a bi-yearly, or at very least, a yearly basis, there may be situations when your cesspool reaches its full capacity. The signs of a full domestic cesspool that you should look out for include:
- Is your toilet draining slower than usual when you flush it?
- Is your water going back into your sink, toilet, bath or washing machine?
- Be aware of 'unusual sounds' (such as a gurgling noise) when you flush your toilet.
- Are there any soggy areas around the cesspool's manhole cover? Are there any depressions in the soil around it?
- Are there any unpleasant odours emitting from the manhole cover that may also be noticeable from inside the house?
Why choose BKP for cesspool emptying?
Here at BKP, we are a waste management company that has spent over 5 decades in the industry, changing and adapting to the latest trends, technologies and legislations in order to bring the best service as possible to our domestic and business customers.
All work that we undertake is done so by abiding by strict PPE. Health and safety is something that we take very seriously and all work that we carry out is done so by ensuring that the environment that we work in is safe before, during and after the job is complete. Our team of highly skilled technicians are fully qualified and undergo regular training courses in order to meet the latest safety and quality standards expected of such a service. If you would like to learn more about our health and safety policy you can do so by visiting our dedicated policies, insurance and certifications page.
The deliverance of our service can be done so at a time that suits you – we can tailor our services around whatever requirements you may have. Even if you have an emergency, our 24/7 emergency call out service is able to mobilise as soon as possible to treat any issue that you may be experiencing.
One of our recent service innovations has been the implementation of a forward diary system. This means that customers will be automatically booked in for their domestic cesspool emptying service, taking away the worry about booking in manually.