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.