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Everything You Need to Know About Your Cesspool

Here at Busch Bros Cesspool Sewer & Drain, we like to educate you about cesspools. Therefore, below are a few common questions answered to help improve your knowledge about cesspools.

In a nutshell:

•  Waste flows from the home into the cesspool

•  Organic solids float to the top and inorganic solids sink to the bottom of the tank

•  Naturally occurring bacteria in the cesspool convert the organic solids to liquid

•  The clear liquid flows out of the sides of the tank and into the surrounding soil

How do I know if I have a “failed cesspool”?


A failed cesspool is one that meets any of the criteria below:


(Note that a cesspool can appear to function in a manner that disposes of the waste and still be considered a “failed cesspool” under the criteria below. A backup of sewage or leakage onto the ground surface are not the only criteria for failure.


Cesspool fails to accept sewage, as evidenced by sewage backing up onto the ground surface or into the building it serves.

The liquid level in the cesspool is less than 6 inches from the bottom of the pipe that drains into it.

The cesspool has to be pumped more than 2 times per year.

The cesspool has been shown to have contaminated a drinking water well, stream or wetland.

The bottom of the cesspool is below the groundwater table at any time of the year, resulting in direct connection between the waste in the cesspool and the groundwater.


I noticed a sunken depression in my yard that seemed to appear overnight. Is this a problem?


It most certainly is. This usually means that your septic system has collapsed underground. Please, stay away and call us immediately. Do not go near the depression as it may collapse further and you don’t want to fall in.


How long will it take to fix the problem?


We get there as soon as possible, usually the same day you call. Obviously, bigger jobs will take longer to complete.


How long do I have to wait to use the water in my house after you are done?


We suggest light water use for the first 24 hours. After that, normal water usage may resume.


How do I pay for service?


We accept Cash, and all major Credit Cards. Payment is expected upon completion of the job.


If I want to install a pool / shed / deck in my yard, do I have to replace my cesspool?


Building an accessory structure such as a swimming pool or storage shed in your yard will not, by itself, trigger the requirement to replace your cesspool under the Cesspool Act. However, accessory structures take up space that may be needed to install a code-compliant septic system in the future. Homeowners should carefully consider the location of such structures in light of the potential need to replace a cesspool at a later date, whether under the Cesspool Act, due to system failure, or pursuant to the State Septic System rules. Careful siting of accessory structures can avoid the need to relocate these structures or incur additional costs for the installation of a new septic system.


Why are cesspools considered to be bad for the environment compared to a conventional septic system?


Cesspools are considered substandard systems. They don’t treat wastewater, they merely dispose of it. Cesspools concentrate the wastewater in one location, often deep within the ground and in direct contact with groundwater, causing groundwater contamination. This groundwater flows into drinking water wells and surface waters contributing to adverse public health and environmental impacts. In contrast, conventional septic systems place the wastewater well above the level of soils saturated by groundwater, and they disperse this effluent over a large area, which results in substantial removal of pathogens and other pollutants.

In a phrase -- "Solid Waste Buildup"!


By not servicing and maintaining your system properly, solids build up within the tank and clog the pores of the cesspool walls. This will prevent liquid from escaping the tank into the surrounding soil. In addition, the presence of inorganic household substances in the tank, like toilet cleaners, bleach, and anti-bacterial soaps will also turn into solids, clog the cesspool walls, and cause a system overflow.

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