Cesspit Emptying in Bedfordshire

Professional Cesspit Emptying and Maintenance

Whilst the term ‘cesspit’ sounds old-fashioned, they are still very much in evidence across the UK. There are around 3 million households with either a septic tank, or a cesspit used to collect sewage. Usually, they’re installed in homes that are not connected to the sewage system, and instead of flushing away sewage, cesspit emptying, using a vacuum tanker, is required regularly.


What is a Cesspit?

A cesspit (or cesspool) is a simple device comprising a sealed underground tank. It collects human sewage and stores it until cesspit emptying takes place. The waste isn’t processed or treated, as it would be in sewage works, it is simply kept out of sight, before it can be disposed of. Most modern cesspits are built of fibreglass, and a manhole is used to access the interior.

Building regulations stipulate that your cesspit should be large enough to hold waste emitted over a 45-day period, and it should be fitted with an alarm. The alarm alerts owners that their cesspit is full, and that it needs emptying in order to avoid overflow.

Why Would You Have a Cesspit?

There are two main reasons for having a cesspit. Most commonly, they serve rural, or isolated properties that have no access to the main sewage pipes. Once a cesspit is installed, it tends to be retained, rather than upgrading the sewage infrastructure around it.

Some households opt for a cesspit, rather than tapping in to the existing sewage system. Anyone planning to install a cesspit now needs planning permission and building regulation approval to do so. The advantage is that water bills become much cheaper as sewage handling is a component that makes up your bill. You do, however, need scheduled cesspit emptying in its place.

How Often is Cesspit Emptying Required?

Drainflow is a registered waste carrier, and we provide scheduled cesspit emptying in Bedfordshire. How often it’s required really depends on how big a family, or business, you have. We provide weekly, monthly or even annual waste removal using vacuum pumps.

In England and Wales, cesspits are regulated as part of the Public Health Act (1936) and Water Resources Act (1991). They need to be emptied regularly by a registered waste carrier. Your cesspit carrier will normally carry out regular maintenance as part of the service, and this ensures that your cesspit remains legal. A cracked or leaking cesspit could incur a fine of up to £20,000.

Basic Maintenance for Cesspits

Maintaining your cesspit is a fairly simple process, but it’s critical. These simple checks ensure durability, and regulatory compliance:

  • Schedule Cesspit Emptying. Drainflow engineers can advise customers on the scheduling of cesspit emptying. An alarm should be fitted as a secondary alert.
  • Cleaning. After emptying, the Drainflow team will clean out your cesspit and sewage pipes using high-pressure drain jetting hoses.
  • Items You Should Not Flush. Nappies, wet wipes, and sanitary materials will cause blockages and damage to your cesspit. Always avoid flushing them.
  • Manholes. These need to be kept clear and clean at all times. Your cesspit emptying team will want clear access to carry out their work efficiently.
  • Don’t Lift a Cesspit Lid. You shouldn’t attempt to assess the level by lifting the lid as you will release potentially toxic fumes. An alarm should be fitted instead.

Why Choose Drainflow for Cesspit Emptying in Bedfordshire?

Drainflow Ltd has over 20 years of experience maintaining and emptying cesspits in Bedfordshire. We are a licensed waste disposal contractor, and we use a specialist vacuum tanker and drain jetting hoses to ensure fast and efficient cesspit emptying and cleaning. Once the waste has been extracted, we check for any wear and tear, and make repairs if necessary.


If you would like to talk to us about licensed cesspit emptying in Bedfordshire, call the Drainflow team today on 01525 718500.