For all kinds of issues surrounding cesspits across Sussex and Hampshire, contact Active Pump Services.
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A cesspit is essentially a holding tank for effluent. Unlike a septic tank, it does not have an outlet for the liquid part of the waste to drain away. A cesspit does not treat or move the waste in any way; it simply stores it, and so must be emptied regularly. Cesspits are often confused with septic tanks, but these are two very different things. A septic tank will drain liquid away to a soakaway, and because of this is usually only emptied once every year or so. Because a cesspit does not have this outlet it needs to be emptied more often, and this is done with a vacuum tanker. Here at Active Pump Services we have tankers and can empty your cesspit for you with minimal disruption. A cesspit usually needs to be emptied around every 45 days or so, depending on usage.
A cesspit should have an alarm fitted so that you know when it needs to be emptied. Under the 1936 Public Health Act, an overflowing or leaking cesspit is an offence. If a leaking cesspit pollutes a water course the Environment Agency will take this very seriously and can press charges under the Water Resources Act 1991. It is very important then that if there is a cesspit on your property you take emptying and maintenance very seriously.
Here at Active Pump Services we are experienced and well equipped to deal with cesspit emptying and can take care of this for you to ensure you are fully compliant with the law.
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