If you own a home or run a business without a mains sewer connection, you will have a cesspit, or a septic tank installed, for collecting sewage or wastewater. A cesspit is the most basic collection system. It is a sealed tank, most often installed underground, with an inspection cover to grant access for liquid waste removal. What exactly happens when you need a cesspit emptying, and who do you trust to take on the work? What happens if you don’t have a cesspit emptied at scheduled intervals, and what are the risks you face?
P.J. Cole (Southern) Ltd is a cesspit emptying, maintenance and installation specialist for the South of England. We can supply, fit, service and empty cesspits for customers in Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Dorking, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Epsom, Guildford, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lewes, Petersfield, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Winchester, Windsor and Woking.
We are licensed waste carriers with vast team experience and a proud local and regional reputation.
You need to have cesspits emptied regularly but the intervals between visits can often vary. Based on the property size, the tank size and the number of habitants or occupants, you could need a monthly, quarterly or annual visit. Typically, we perform cesspit emptying at six-weekly intervals. Should you need us in an emergency, we can also offer a responsive service on a genuine 24/7 basis, 365 days of the year.
To empty cesspits, we use Whale Tankers. These are the most advanced jet vacuumation vehicles in the liquid and wet waste management sector. Our tankers have vacuum pumps, hoses and internal water supplies so, in addition to cesspit emptying, we can also offer a full cleaning service.
Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Dorking, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Epsom, Guildford, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lewes, Petersfield, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Winchester, Windsor and Woking are some of our main service areas, but we can visit any location in the South of England to provide the solutions you need.
Book in for cesspit emptying at the recommended interval and keep your home, land or business in a safe, sanitary condition. Should your cesspit overfill, it will discharge sewage and wastewater. This is an offence under the 1936 Public Health Act.
Should a discharge pollute the water course, you could face a fine of up to £20,000, or 3 months of imprisonment, under the Water Resources Act 1991.
Call P.J. Cole (Southern) Ltd on 01483 200336 to book in for cesspit emptying and to avoid these potential risks.
In an age where there are more cost-effective alternatives available, a cesspit installation isn’t the first liquid waste collection choice for many homeowners or businesses. Septic tanks and sewage treatment plants require less maintenance but, for properties that can’t discharge waste through a soakaway or ditch, a cesspit is the most suitable option.
P.J. Cole (Southern) Ltd can offer you a full supply and installation service.
A cesspit installation usually sees a cylindrical collection chamber positioned underground at a depth of between 2 to 3 metres. Access to the tank is via a manhole cover and most installations have a capacity to hold 45 days of sewage and wastewater. Cesspits have alarms fitted to let you know when the tank reaches its fullest point.
Because of the 45-day capacity, we usually recommend cesspit emptying at intervals of six weeks.
Our technicians also cover Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Dorking, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Epsom, Guildford, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Lewes, Petersfield, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield, Winchester, Windsor, Woking and Southern England with a cleaning, servicing and repair service. Maintenance is essential for cesspits because the pipes clog with solid build-up. High-pressure jet washing removes blockages to keep everything flowing cleanly and freely.
If you have a cesspit, you do not have to comply with the General Binding Rules, and you do not have to apply for a permit. However, you must effectively maintain your cesspit, and have it emptied on a regular basis. You will need a registered waste carrier to do this. Also, make sure that your tank doesn't overflow. This can be an environmental hazard so always work with a professional installer for fitting and a registered waste carrier for cesspit emptying and maintenance.
If you want to install a new cesspit, you will need planning permission and building regulation approval. Cesspits need a minimum 18,000-litre capacity for every two users, with a provision of 6,800 litres for each additional user.
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