Cesspools are giant concrete "tanks" that hold human waste. They are the equivalent of an underground cellar or basement, only that they hold urine and feces instead of storing your extra belongings. In almost every state in the country, cesspools have been made illegal. If you inherit or purchase a property with a cesspool, you may have to retrofit your property for a septic tank system instead. Here is why.
You Will Be Fined If You Do Not Retrofit
As previously mentioned, most cities and states have made cesspools illegal. This is due to the fact that cesspools collect your waste and slowly release everything liquid right into the ground. There, it seeps into the local water table and poisons it.
If you do not perform the required retrofit, you will be fined. Even more disturbing, the local water table is what your well pump takes water from! Ewww! Ergo, to prevent poisoning of the water supply, cesspools have been outlawed. They are currently only legal in a few locations, which are mostly tribal lands because the U.S. government has no control or say over Native American lands.
Pumping Your Cesspool Alerts Government to the Fact That You Have a Cesspool
While septic services provide cesspool pumping, the septic service provider is required to report any cesspool that exists outside of Native American tribal lands. It is not meant to be anything mean on the part of the service provider. It is just the governing laws that oversee and overrule the service providers' businesses. If you would like to hire the service provider to retrofit your cesspool to a septic tank, then the service provider can also make a notation in his/her report that you are working on the retrofit and that the provider will be the one doing the work. This holds off any government fines you would otherwise face.
During the Course of the Pumping, It Is Discovered That Your Cesspool Is Damaged
The walls of a cesspool are concrete. This means that they will only last as long as the concrete is expected to last under these circumstances, or until the walls are damaged. If during the course of pumping out the cesspool, it is discovered that your cesspool has at least one damaged and crumbling wall, you will need to remove the cesspool and replace it. There is no better time to replace your cesspool and retrofit it with a modern septic system.
To learn more, contact a company like Jarrach Cesspools.