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The Twelve Days of Christmas With Hydro Cleansing | 3. Cesspit Care

“On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me ,
three Septic Tanks,
two feet of tree roots,
and Hydro Cleansing’s Mega-Heat…”

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Much like Hydro Cleansing, your cesspit is working 24/7, so it makes sense to keep it properly maintained. The same as any investment, it is important to take care of your septic system so that it can continue working effectively.

Unfortunately, septic systems are often overlooked. This can be due to the location of the tank, lack of information, or as an effort to save money . Without proper care and maintenance cesspits and septic tanks fall into disrepair. In the worst cases, the tank would then need to be cleaned, removed and replaced. To help avoid this, make sure that you are regularly servicing and emptying your septic system. If properly looked after they can last anywhere from 25-30 years.

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Why Look After A Cesspit?

We always advise customers to check out The Environment Agency’s guidelines and schedule regular maintenance.  We offer regularly scheduled cesspit tank emptying at times convenient for you, preventing the risk of blocked drains and flooded gardens!

How Much Does It Cost?

Our cesspit emptying costs depend on various factors. From the size of the tank, the frequency with which we need to empty it and the volume of waste that we remove.
Generally, domestic cesspits can hold around 4500 litres of waste, we include removal of up to 9000 litres in our standard cesspit empty to make sure you’re covered. (We also won’t charge you VAT for domestic empties.)
Our cesspit maintenance, emptying and and cleaning prices range from £250+. There are a variety of factors to take into consideration when pricing, this is why we offer a free quote, and if necessary, a free site visit.

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Why Service Regularly?

We offer bespoke contracts and schedules for maintaining cesspits and septic tanks. Generally, septic tanks and cesspits should be emptied on at least a biannual basis to avoid saturation of the soakaways.  This of course depends on the level of usage and requirements of the cesspit or septic tank, something that our teams can discuss with you.

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Make a Booking Today

For more information on our cesspit and septic services call us on 0800-740-8888 or email  enquiries@hydro-cleansing.com

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The difference between septic tank and cesspit


cesspit and septic tank emptying

You may rarely come across the terms: ‘septic’ and ‘cesspit.’ To most, this may be the first time you are stumbling upon these terms, as a possible problem with your septic tank or cesspit may have led you to this page. Don’t worry, you are not alone in attempting to find out the apparent difference that exists between these two close elements. Without further delay, let’s delve into the meaning and then establish the difference that exists therein.


Septic Tank: A septic tank is considered to be part of a sewage treatment system and does have an outlet that runs to a soak-away. They are believed to require emptying every 12 months.  We will now look at the cesspit before finding out the difference between these two.

Cesspit: A cesspit which is sometimes referred to as a cesspool could be viewed as a holding tank without an outlet. It is also not considered to be part of a sewage system. It is mainly used for the storage of wastes. In terms of maintenance, cesspits are required to be emptied regularly, approximately 45 days, based on the capacity and degree of use.   A cesspit is therefore believed to be an adhoc or temporary solution for areas that do not have main drainage or have incompatible or inappropriate ground conditions. It is a ready and appropriate solution for holiday homes and campsites.

In most cases, cesspits are fitted with an alarm that signals when it requires emptying. An alarm is believed to be the most desired method of examining the rising level in the cesspit, as taking off the lid can lead to the release of unpleasant and harmful gases, which could likely subdue an individual very quickly.

In the UK there are two types of cesspits, which are the domestic and commercials. The domestic is believed to start at about 18, 000 liters and does cater for approximately two people while the commercial starts at about 2,800 liters and go as far as 79,000 liters.


The difference between a Septic tank and a Cesspit

Based on the above, it is quite clear that septic is very different from cesspit. Firstly, septic is part of a sewage treatment why cesspit is a holding tank. In addition to this, septic does have an outlet while cesspit do not have any single outlet. Secondly, emptying septic is less frequent than cesspit- as the former is every 12 months and the later every 45 days.

It is also believed that septic is more common in permanent sites while cesspit is more utilized in holiday homes and campsites. A notable difference as well is that septic tanks are considered as a more preferred option due to their permanent nature whilst cesspits are viewed as temporal and last resort.

After reading the above, we hope you now have a bit of clarity around the subjects of septic and cesspit? It is important to state that cesspits can only be emptied by a licensed disposal carrier like Hydro cleansing. It is considered illegal for a non-license individual or body to carry out this service. Our septic tank and cesspit divisions are fully licensed and professionally equipped to help with your septic tank and cesspit services. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0208 689 3339 and the best part is that we are available 24/7.