Installing a Cesspool? What Can Go Wrong?

Installing Cesspools or Septic Systems isn’t a walk in the park. It requires full intention, the best materials, and accurate calculations. But the every day person can do it, if researched upon greatly. Not only do you have to understand the rules and regulations of your state, county and town, but you also need to get the ok from inspectors.

Not too long ago, a professional working on installing a cesspool in NY, Long Island was swallowed in when it suddenly opened up and collapsed. The man unfortunately lost his life, and what resulted was another broken home aside from the huge hole in his customer’s yard.



So what else can go wrong besides sudden sinkholes of death when installing a new Cesspool or Septic System? Tools that have been either misused or even using the wrong equipment can cause serious consequences to the workers safety when installing a new cesspool or septic system. The ground needs to be porous in order to allow the wastewater to trickle out slowly. If the earth surrounding the cesspool has too much clay in it, they may need to move over and find another spot to place the cesspool.

Sometimes when digging, the hole isn’t wide enough for the cesspool, so when installing the cesspool its best to make the hole a lot bigger than the cesspool itself. If there were any cracks or holes during installation in the concrete then the cesspool would fail down the road. This is why inspection of the materials used for the septic system is crucial before the process actually begins. Failure to do so can result in the environment being damaged. It can also be a safety hazard for the people and animals living around the site in general.


Before digging even begins it is important that you check in with the town regarding the safety of the household and the environment itself. You can look up sites online to confirm such rules and restrictions within your area.

Cesspools carry many toxic elements within them that can be harmful to the environment, animals and people that surround them. Sturdy lids and good quality liners are important to the installation process. This makes sure the waste goes where they need to be and not everywhere else. Bad quality materials can even contaminate the surrounding area within installation. Some materials are not meant to be within these settings.


Another thing that can go wrong is when the digging site isn’t the right spot. If the hole is being pit against other elements such as a strong tree roots, electric lines, and underground pipes then there’s a big chance that the digging team would have to refill the hole and find another spot in the surrounding area to excavate. This can indeed tear up perfectly cut lawns and damage the overall look of the area, depending on how many tries there was. It’s not uncommon to have this happen, but better quality equipment used to determine the best spots for digging can limit this issue greatly.

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