Cesspit Emptying and Maintenance in Hertfordshire

The Importance of Scheduled Cesspit Maintenance and Emptying

While the word “cesspit” might have an old-fashioned ring to it, these underground waste reservoirs are very much a part of the present, serving around 3 million homes and businesses in the UK. Primarily found in areas without access to mains sewerage, cesspits collect sewage instead of flushing it away. This means regular cesspit emptying using a vacuum tanker is essential to keep things running smoothly.

Drainflow has over 20 years’ experience of cesspit emptying and maintenance in Hertfordshire. As a licensed waste disposal contractor, we use specialist vacuum tanker equipment, coupled with drain jetting hoses to guarantee efficient cesspit emptying and cleaning. Once waste is extracted, we carry out essential maintenance checks to ensure trouble-free cesspit performance.


How do Cesspits Work?

A cesspit is a sealed, buried tank that collect wastewater from your household or business premises. Unlike sewage works that treat the waste, cesspits simply hold it until it is professionally extracted and disposed of. Modern cesspits are typically built from durable fiberglass and accessed through a convenient manhole.

Building regulations ensure your cesspit can handle up to 45 days’ worth of waste and is equipped with an alarm. Think of this alarm as your personal sewage sentinel, sounding the siren when it’s time to call in the vacuum tankers and avoid unpleasant overflows.

When is a Cesspit Required?

Cesspits play a vital role in wastewater management for homes and businesses without access to the main sewage system. They are most commonly found in rural or isolated areas where installing public sewers is impractical. In such cases, a cesspit becomes an established and reliable solution for collecting wastewater.

However, cesspits are not without their considerations. While they offer an alternative to public sewage systems, they require regular maintenance and emptying to prevent overflows and potential environmental hazards. Additionally, installing a new cesspit now requires the owner to obtain planning permission and comply with building regulations.

For some homeowners, the benefits of cesspits outweigh the drawbacks. Compared to public sewerage, cesspits can offer significant cost savings on water bills, as sewage treatment is a major component of those costs. However, this advantage comes with the responsibility of scheduling regular cesspit emptying, which incurs its own set of costs.

Ultimately, the decision to use a cesspit requires careful consideration of both its advantages and disadvantages. Evaluating factors like property location, budget, and environmental considerations is recommended prior to opting for it.

How Often Should a Cesspit be Emptied?

At Drainflow, we understand that every cesspit has its own rhythm. The frequency of emptying depends on factors like the size of your household or business, water usage patterns, and even the type of waste discharged.

That’s why we offer flexible scheduling options – from weekly and monthly emptying to a convenient annual plan. Our state-of-the-art vacuum pumps ensure efficient and environmentally responsible waste removal. You can rely on us to keep things flowing smoothly.

Staying Legal and Safe – Regulations and Maintenance

In England and Wales, the Public Health Act (1936) and Water Resources Act (1991) govern cesspit operation. Regular cesspit emptying and maintenance in Hertfordshire by a registered waste carrier, like Drainflow, is mandatory.

But it’s not just about legality. Proper maintenance is also essential to prevent leaks and cracks, which can lead to hefty fines of up to £20,000. Fortunately, our comprehensive cesspit services include regular checks and upkeep, giving you peace of mind and ensuring your system operates reliably and within regulations.

A Guide to Basic Maintenance for Cesspits

Maintaining your cesspit, like keeping your car serviced, comprises a number of regular checks that keep things running smoothly. These simple steps will ensure your cesspit stays durable, compliant, and free of unpleasant surprises:

  • Schedule with Confidence. Not sure how often to empty your cesspit? Our Drainflow engineers can advise you. We can tailor a schedule based on your household or business needs and even install an alarm for an extra layer of peace of mind.
  • Cleaning Powerhouse. After each emptying, our team uses high-pressure drain jetting hoses to give your cesspit and pipes a thorough cleaning, removing any potential clogs before they become a problem.
  • Flush Wisely. Let’s be honest, some things just don’t belong in the cesspit. Nappies, wet wipes, and sanitary materials are notorious blockage-causers, so please give them a different disposal method. We’ve got a handy guide on what to avoid flushing.
  • Clear Access. The Drainflow team needs to access the manhole easily to do their work. Keeping it clear and clean ensures a smooth and efficient emptying process.
  • Leave the Lid Alone. Resist the urge to peek inside! Lifting the lid can release potentially harmful fumes. That’s why we recommend relying on your trusty alarm for level checks.

By following these simple tips and partnering with Drainflow’s expert team, you can ensure your cesspit enjoys a long and healthy life. Let us take care of the dirty work for you.


Ready to schedule cesspit emptying and maintenance? Call Drainflow today on 01525 718500