What are the differences between Cesspools and Septic Tanks?

A week ago, one of my good pals, who had just purchased a new home, came to me with a question. “What’s the difference between Cesspools and Septic Tanks?” He couldn’t tell weather or not he had a cesspool or a septic tank or both, so I offered to help him identify them for him. Sometimes understanding what kind of plumbing system you have set up in your home can be a little difficult. This lack of knowledge can become detrimental if a problem would to occur within the structure. Getting a good idea of what what’s what can help out a ton, as well as save you money on repairs in the long run. Once you identify weather or not you have a Cesspool or Septic Tank you can begin taking the right precautions for maintaining your system.


To begin, a Cesspool is like an upright cylinder. They dig deep inside the land’s surface. Cesspools are used for the storage of biodegradable substances. If you cross a cesspool in diverse ways, the Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) gives you similar radar grams being in its symmetrical form. Cesspools functional system work similar to the combination of septic tanks and its leach fields. Solid waste stays inside the cesspool while the liquid waste passes throughout its pierced sides and the open base. It is simply an underground tank. It collects and keeps sewage upon its removal from the area. The wastewater is not processed and no effluent is passed through the environment. A cesspool fill up quickly and requires more maintaining than septic tanks. Cesspools are usually used as a final resort because of the cost of maintaining and emptying. Mainly cesspools are built where the environment dose not support Septic tanks.


Septic tanks are also a cylinder like  tank that may be completely underground or partially underground and are mainly used to store human waste. They have a drainage facility within them and needs less maintenance than cesspools. Septic tanks are also integrated with sewage treatment options. For sewage disposal, septic tanks are the way to go. Their bacterial environments may be less harmful compared to the risk of poisons fumes from a Cesspool.







So it was reveled that my buddy had a cesspool. He didn’t know what it took to maintain his cesspool so we both sat down and I explained to him what it took to maintain and keep his cesspool safe and kept. Here are some of the tips I’ve told, him: Limit the amount of chemicals that are being drained. Septic systems needs bacteria to be able function so when you bleach wash constantly, or hang a bleach tablet in your toilet, you’ll be on the road to some kind of problem, and it’ll be mainly a back up issue. This is because you would kill the healthy bacteria used to brake down the human waste, and if there aren’t bacteria to brake down the waste, then your tank will fill up pretty quickly. I told him if he got rid of the garbage disposal, and switch to a compost bin instead, it’ll be a lot better. The reason behind it is because the garbage disposal may grind up things like fat, bone, and gristle making it difficult for the bacteria in the tank to brake down. Eventually these items could build up in the bottom of the pool, which can result in an overflowing system.


Armed with this new knowledge my buddy continued on to develop healthy habits so he doesn’t have worry about his tank being backed up. Now that he knows that he have a Cesspool and not a Septic tank, it’ll be a lot easier for him to work with it, instead of against it.

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