One Flush Cesspool Additive

If you own a cesspool, it is important to stay focused on caring for the system. If you maintain it, it could last a very long time. If you don’t, it could cost you a lot of money in repairs. However, one common question from owners is what type of maintenance needs to be done to keep the system in good working order.

In order to get rid of collected solids, the cesspool should be pumped about every three years. There is another option, however; you can put in cesspool additives every so often so that you can extend the time in between pumping. Also, if the cesspool is having issues or needs work, there are additives that can help to solve the problem.

Is the information you’ve been hearing right? Can cesspool additives help you extend the life of your system, or are you just wasting money when you use them?

There are experts that are not in favor of putting in additives; they say that they can cause problems for the system. Others simply believe that while they don’t hurt, they also don’t help the cesspool. They think that purchasing the additives is a waste of money. Obviously, the manufacturers of this product believe in it. However, after extensive research, we could not find one reputable expert in the industry that advises using cesspool additives.

The way a cesspool works is simple. If you have one, and you flush the toilet or turn on your washing machine, the used water travels away from your structure and winds up in the cesspool. The waste is eventually turned into a gas or a liquid through a natural process. There are occasionally things inside the cesspool that can’t be broken down; these fall to the bottom and become part of a “sludge.” Scum is what hangs out near the top; it consists of things like oil or grease. In the middle is something called effluent, which is mostly clear and eventually leaves the tank and becomes part of the drain field in the nearby area. The entire process is fairly seamless.

Also known as enhancers, rejuvenators, restorers, cleaners, or treatments, cesspool additives can be either biological or chemical. Chemical additives work best on grease and oil; they also help when a drain is backed up. They often include ingredients like sulfuric acid, which can cause problems for a cesspool. In addition, most agree that chemicals like these are not good for the environment. As a result, chemical additives are not used that often.

Created from either enzymes, yeast or bacteria, biological additives are a little different. They work to help break down solids. They are generally flushed on a schedule; for example, once a month or once a week. There is not nearly as much concern about the impact that biological additives have on the environment.

Chemical additives, in general, are not for sale any more. Biological additives aren’t harmful but they don’t really help anything either, according to a number of different experts.

If there is an issue with a cesspool, it is best to have it looked at by an expert in the industry. If you aren’t sure where to turn, get in touch with the health department in your area. They should be able to point you in the right direction so that you can find someone to advise you.

Post Author: Dawn

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Cesspool Pumping: Everything You Need To Know Before Having It Done

Let’s get started by taking a quick look at what cesspool systems are and how they work. Simply put, a cesspool system is a type of underground sewage treatment system that is used by houses where municipal sewer service access is not available. It is usually made up of four parts: the soil, the drain field, the cesspool and waste pipe coming from the house. Those parts all need to be in good working order, however the most important part is the tank itself.

The tank should be pumped out on a regular basis in order to keep it working correctly and to prevent clogs that may cause sewage to back up in the house along with foul odors being created. The main thing that contributes to cesspool clogs are very biodegradable things. That includes cooking oils and grease that are dumped down the drain along with non-toilet paper products, cotton balls, cigarette butts, tampons and sanitary napkins. These items will all degrade eventually but have a tendency to get stuck within the tank’s inner workings and create clogs that over time continue to get worse.

Another reason why you should have your cesspool pumped on a regular basis is to check to see if there is any damage that might comprise it being able to work efficiently. After it has been pumped out, a visual inspection can be done for cracks as well as other types of damage. If there is any damage that is detected it will need to be repaired so that future problems can be prevented.

The actual pumping process is fairly straightforward. There will be a large truck which is called a “Pump Truck” at times that comes out to your property. It will have large hoses, a suction pump and big tank. It will park in the general area of where your cesspool is. The operator will taken the manhole cover off of the tank. Then the suction hoses will be lowered into the tank and then turned on to suck up the accumulated waste into the truck’s holding tank.

A quality pumping services also will thoroughly inspect the cesspool after it has been pumped clean. The outlet ports, inlet, valves and tank will be inspected for damage like clogs and cracks. The ground surrounding the tank will also be inspected for any signs of leaks. If there are any problems they will inform the homeowner so they can be addressed to make sure the entire cesspool system operates correctly.

The first problem that a lot of homeowners encounter is knowing precisely where the cesspool is buried. That is especially true for those who bough a house with an existing system. If the system is buried and you are unsure of its location, then a cesspool pumping service will use a plumbing snake that has a radio emitter attached on the end. This snake is then fed through one of the home’s cleanouts and out to the tank. Then a radio receiver us used to located the end of the snake which will provide the tank’s location.

Another problem is when there is no cesspool cleanout pipe above the lid that covers the opening to the tank. The cost of the pumping service will be more if the pumping contractor need to dig down to locate the lid. That is the best time to get a cleanout pipe installed to avoid having this problem on pump outs in the future.

In terms of the cost for pumping out a cesspool out, the thing to keep in mind is that the easier is for a pump truck driver to locate and access the tank the less expensive it will be overall. It can be worth it to try to address those issues during the first time that your tank is pumped out since that will help to keep future costs down.

The most important thing you can do to keep your cesspool system well-maintained it to have cesspool pumping done on a regular basis. An overfull or clogged tank is the main cause of numerous cesspool system problems. These can be prevented by having the “Pump Truck” visit on a regular basis.