If you are familiar with septic systems, then you know that they hold and treat wastewater. Cesspools are also designed for that purpose, but there are some differences. Here is a closer look at the role of a cesspool and why it may need to be replaced.
When you have a septic tank, the wastewater flows into a leach field where it goes through a filtration process. However, a cesspool is a pit lined with cement or stone and has an outlet pipe connected to another pit. Cesspools cannot filter waste, so the sewage will eventually contaminate the surrounding soil if not removed. It is for this very reason that cesspools are considered outdated and even illegal in some areas.
What should you do if your property still has a cesspool?
Cesspools are still sometimes found in older homes and properties. If cesspools are allowed in your area, they still need to be pumped and cleaned out regularly. Many homeowners with cesspools opt to have it replaced with a septic system. Septic tanks require far less maintenance than cesspools and are less likely to malfunction or cause problems. If you have a larger household, it is recommended that you upgrade to a septic system.
What Maintenance is required for a septic tank?
If you do decide to replace your cesspool with a septic tank, it will need to be pumped around every three years. Most experts also recommend a professional inspection every 1-2 years. When properly maintained, septic tanks are relatively easy to take care of. As long as you have a professional septic company in mind for service and emergency repairs, they can definitely provide peace of mind.
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