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How do Cesspits Work?

It is a common for every household to discharge waste material from their toilets, bathrooms, kitchens and other similar locations so that they do not get contaminated inside the house. The best way of getting rid of this filthy, unhealthy and stinky unwanted waste materials is by treating it out side the house or having it flow out into the main sewer connection line that is provided by the government authority.  When people do not have the option of connecting to the main sewer line then they have to find means of getting rid of the waste from inside their house. The best way of getting rid of the unwanted waste would be to have a location point designated for the unwanted waste to be collected which should be around 20 feet away from the house on the property. These location points that are generally known as cesspits, are tank structures designed to hold solid waste and water. How do cesspits work? They normally have an inlet pipe leading to the cesspit and a cleanout pipe above the pit in order to service and pump it.

As these crafty structures do not perform any sewage treatment processes or any discharge from its location they have to be cleaned at regular intervals so that the cesspits do not start to fill and overflow causing great inconveniences to the people around the area. Cesspits come in various sizes which basically depend on the area available and the amount of people living in that particular house.  When people seem to wonder where the waste goes off to and how do cesspits work, then they should try and understand a little about waste water treatment process.

Now as the waste material gets accumulated into the cesspit, the solid waste material gradually begins to get eaten up by bacteria eventually converting the solid waste material into water and carbon dioxide. Meanwhile the liquid waste drains into the surrounding soil. As this process occurs the pit should always be moving. As waste comes in, bacteria breaks it down and water leaves the pit. Usually the sludge will gradually increase in the cesspit and it is necessary to have the cesspit cleaned periodically. The cleaning is basically to remove the accumulating solid waste material which has now been formed into excess sludge.

As the cleaning task is considered to be unhealthy and mucky it should be done by people who are well versed with this type of cleaning so that the place is environmental friendly and safe for residing.

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