Why Do I Need To Clean My Cesspool?

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Let’s face it: cleaning a cesspool is a dirty job, but someone has to do it. The team at cesspool pros know the best way to clean your cesspool and we are readily available to do so. But why does it need to be cleaned in the first place? Is there anything that you can do to keep it up on your own? Regular cleaning and pumping of your cesspool should be performed by the Cesspool Pros. However it isn’t a bad idea to do some basic maintenance yourself. Here are some things you can do, and not do, to make sure it does its job correctly, and to avoid emergency cesspool service.


Knowledge Is Power

First, you must learn where the cesspool lives on your property. You can follow the direction of the pipes from your house and then look for slight depression in the ground, or a small mound. If you are at a loss, you can also obtain blueprints of your property from your Town Hall. Once you’ve found your cesspool, regularly perform visual inspections of the ground surrounding it.

Soaking Away The Sludge

Before you get to work, protect yourself by wearing goggles, an extra layer of clothing, and gloves. Once you find your cesspool, you need to locate its lid. Remove the lid of your cesspool with a metal bar. If there is a filter present, it should be unscrewed. You can then hose down the sides of your cesspool every now and then to avoid any sludgy build up. Then you can administer a bacteria-free additive that will optimize the performance of the existing bacteria in the cesspool. Afterwards, replace the filter and the lid.

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General Maintenance

The best way to keep your cesspool functioning properly is to avoid some common threats. You should leave detailed cleaning and pumping to the Cesspool Pros, but you can avoid problems yourself. In other words, do NOT:

  • Flush anything besides waste and toilet paper
  • Pour grease down your sink
  • Park any vehicles over the cesspool area
  • Allow rainwater runoff to reach the cesspool area
  • Plant any woody rooted plants and trees over the cesspool area
  • Use laundry products that are not compatible with septic systems

It’s wise to think about the long-term benefits of having a cesspool system that runs smoothly. If you don’t care for it properly, you could create years of problems.  Call Cesspool Pros today to develop a plan for keeping your cesspool and septic tank happy and healthy.