Cesspools are quite common throughout many areas across the United States. A complete opposite of a flowing sewer system that uses storm drains, septic systems hold and store waste, sewage and refuse. Basically a well, a cesspool is kind of like a tank dug into the ground that is connected to the plumbing of a building or home.
Now an outdated technology, cesspools are now mostly found in more rural areas, rather than urban areas. However, existing cesspools already in place can still be used quite safely and in a sanitary way. Existing septic tanks must be kept well-maintained with rotar rooting, and scheduled cesspool pumping must continue in order to keep them safe.
In parts of New York State, there are still cesspools in use that are nearly 300 years old. Some of these antiquated systems have not been well maintained in recent years, leading to dangerous situations in which the tanks can collapse and create sinkholes in the ground. Injuries and deaths are quite common from cesspit collapses every year. Often times, these sinkholes have been known to pull people nearby into the dangerous sinkhole. All of the injuries and deaths have been caused by cesspits that were not cleaned, pumped, or maintained. This is why proper care for a septic tank is so important, before a cesspool emergency happens. Quality Cesspool, a company specializing in cesspool pumping and cesspool installation, always stresses the importance of maintenance to all of its customers.
Cesspool maintenance is not as difficult as one might think. Today’s pits are built to be easily drained and cleaned. Many routine septic tank pumping can be done in less than 20 minutes, and with so many companies offering cesspool installations, cleaning, inspecting and maintaining services, you don’t have to do any of the work yourself.
United States has the highest amount of active septic tanks in the world. Most of Europe has switched exclusively over to sewer drains, with Germany, France, and Switzerland completely banning the use of cesspools. These bans were fueled by so many of the countries’ septic-owners not properly servicing their cesspools and leading to public health outcry. In the U.S., strict laws and codes keep the large quantity pits across the land safe and up to code.