How do Seepage Pits Work?

With people wanting to get rid of their daily household waste in a professional manner they try and seek the best advice from various sources. How seepage pits work is always on the mind on theses people who are amazed on the matter of unwanted waste material being disposed from homes. In general the basic sewerage treatment process that most people use around the world is either have a connection to the main sewer line which is constructed by the government authorities or they follow the old fashion way of having their own waste treatment process installed in their premises or property. Today there are different types of waste treatments that people can do in their premises which are as follows.

  • By constructing cesspits or cesspools which would gradually get rid of the unwanted material
  • Constructing a drain field to get rid of the liquid waste
  • Having a septic tank

Often, people are confused and do not seem to understand how seepage pits work? Well the simplest way to put it is by mentioning that the seepage pit has been created to handle waste matter that is discharged from a septic tank in a property. Its main job is to get rid of the liquid waste matter by a filtration process specially designed to allow the liquid to get filtered and flow away into the soil. It is true that there are various names given for various methods that are all similar in the sewerage system to make anyone confused but if you look deep down although they are similar there is a particular point that keeps them apart, for instance the seepage pit receives effluent from septic tanks. It is common to find a seepage pit, every now and then being called a leaching pool, cesspool and covered pit having a large area with concrete rings, or porous concrete support surrounded by gravel where the effluent from the septic tank is able to seep into the neighboring soil. The easiest explanation I can put it is like this. Your seepage pit is just like a pasta strainer in the ground with stone and dirt around it. It will allow water to flow thru the holes of the strainer keeping the solids inside.

Seepage pits are known to be hazardous and should never be left open where by people could easily fall in or get suffocated by the unhealthy fumes that arise from these seepage pits. Although covers for these seepage pits are known to be heavy duty and strong it is advisable not to allow heavy traffic over the covers or for that matter the entire sewerage lines.