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 maintenance and 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. If you own a property with a cesspit, please ensure it is emptied on a regular basis (depends on the size) to avoid more serious problems.

These sewage systems should be emptied by licensed waste disposal contractors. So, if you are looking to buy a property with a domestic septic tank or cesspit, ensure that it has been checked by a wastewater engineer prior to your purchase.

Here at SPH Plant, our expert team provides cesspit and septic tank emptying services to Shropshire and surrounding areas. We are here to help 24 hours, 7 days a week! If you have any questions, please contact us on 01952 501155 or email us at info@sphplant.co.uk