A Cesspit, also known as a cesspool, is a holding tank without an outlet. This outlet, which can be found on septic tanks, is for the liquid part of waste to drain away and exit the tank to what is known as a soakaway. Because of this, septic tank emptying only needs to happen once a year, whereas cesspits require emptying on a regular basis by a vacuum tanker. The average sized cesspit needs emptying usually every 45 days or so, costing the average person living in a house £2000 a year.
Cesspits act as a temporary solution for areas without mains drainage where the discharge of treated effluent is not permissible, this could be due to unsuitable ground conditions.
These sewage systems can only be emptied by licensed waste disposal contractors. If you are looking to buy a property with a cesspit, you must ensure it has been checked by a wastewater engineer prior to any purchase. At SPH Plant, we provide septic tank and cesspit emptying to Telford, Shropshire and surrounding areas.