What size is your Cesspit?

What size is my Cesspit?

One of the first questions we tend to ask when we receive an enquiry for a Cesspit empty is “What size is your Cesspit?”.

Although you may assume you should know, we completely understand that it is not the simplest question to answer. You may have recently purchased or rented the property and there may be little knowledge on the waste system.

We normally ask, though, in order to assess the amount of waste we need to collect. This helps us organise the correct equipment and vehicle for the job in hand.

As this information is quite difficult to know off-hand, we have put this blog together to help you find out the size of your Cesspit.

Tip 1 – Documents.

In some circumstances, the property owner will have documentation of the Cesspit installation. This documentation will normally hold the information we need to identify the exact size of the tank itself, or at the least give us a good indication.

Tip 2 – Inspection.

We will normally recommend an inspection of the tank on arrival for the empty. If no information can be found then an inspection is the best way for us to gather the information we need.

In this scenario, we will normally bring what we assume to be correct equipment on the day of inspection so we can get right to work if we feel we are fully prepared to empty the tank there and then. In the majority of cases we are able to guess accurately. 

If you wish to book an empty or inspection, please Click Here and fill out one of our enquiry forms and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Alternatively, you can call us direct on: (01646)629089

top tips for cesspit maintenance

Top Tips for Cesspit Maintenance

Keeping an eye on your cesspit will ensure you spot problems early. It will also also help to keep it working properly and may save you money if problems are tackled before they get bigger.

Cracked walls and punctures can cause external leaks as will an overflowing tank. The symptoms of an overflowing cesspit or septic tank include slow drainage, horrible smells, greener/lusher grass around the system and wastewater backup.

Here are our top tips for cesspit maintenance which should help you keep yours in good working order:

Check the levels of your cesspit and ensure it is emptied frequently. An overflowing cesspit will not only be a smelly problem, it is offence under the Public Health Act (1936) and Water Resources Act (1991). It will also cause a costly mess to clean up. Don’t lift the lift on your cesspit to check the cesspit though, there is an abundance of toxic waste in there so it is better to have a properly fitted and maintained alarm system within it.

Furthermore, be careful what you dispose of within your cesspit. Don’t allow flammable or hazardous liquids to enter the system. In addition, if you’re going to give your cesspit a clean, make sure you use biologically-friendly household products rather than products such as bleach.

You should also avoid flushing or draining any items which will block drains or prevent biological processes taking place. Basically the only thing which should be disposed of within the cesspit is biological waste.

Lastly, don’t allow the area around the manhole cover to become overgrown or obscured. You will need allow easy access for clearances and a blocked manhole cover will also make sorting a problem out harder.

We hope our cesspit top tips for maintenance will help you remain or become cesspit trouble free!

However, if your cesspit needs emptying or has problems, West Wales Waste are a registered and professional liquid waste handler and disposal service. For a free, no obligation fill out our online form here. Alternatively, give us a call on: 01646 629089. 

What is a cesspit?

What is the cost of installing a Cesspit?

What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?

Unlike a septic tank, a cesspit is a simple unit.

In short, a cesspit is a wastewater system which holds the waste until it is full and needs to be emptied.

A septic tank is a wastewater system which not only holds the wastewater but also treats and discharges some of its contents into the environment around it (through a soakaway). This is similar to a Sewage Treatment Plant system.

If you are currently researching ” What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?”, then there are a few things to consider.

The size of the tank.

The size of your cesspit (cesspool) will inevitably affect the cost.

The larger number of people living within the property, the larger the tank will need to be. It is common to think that a larger property will require a larger tank, but if it can only hold a small number of individuals, then the waste is likely to be minimal.

A small-sized cesspool can cost upwards of £1000, whereas a larger system can cost £1500+

Labour and materials.

Like most things, the materials your system is made from will unsurprisingly affect the cost of the unit. You would potentially assume that all tanks are one and the same, but this is a misconception. Our advice would be not to cut corners and invest in a unit that will give you longevity. The Septic Tank will give you a return on investment over time so make a wise choice.

There are various different companies which offer an installation service, but it is recommended that you discuss an installation with your local waste management company. They will have the best knowledge on what to avoid and the best course of action.


Overall, the simple answer to your question “What is the cost of installing a Cesspit (Cesspool)?” is: Your investment levels will vary depending on the choices made, but on average, the whole project should cost between £3000 – £6000.

If you wish to learn more about our installation services, please feel free to contact us at any time at 01646 629089 or click here to fill out one of our instant quotation forms.

how to know when your cesspit needs emptying

How to know when your cesspit needs emptying

Cesspits are a smart way to store fluid waste, yet when they fill up, they need to be maintained to forestall any harm.

Understanding the signs which indicate your tank is full is critical to avoid any further issues.

The ‘how to know when your cesspit needs emptying’ signs are listed below:

Seeing puddles around your tank:

This is a generally the first sign that your tank is full to capacity and is brimming with effluent waste. It should be emptied as quickly as time permits as not to further cause a pollution to the ground around your cesspit.

Foul smell:

One of the clearest signs is an increase in the amount your tank will smell. You can envision the kinds of scents to expect and they will become worse/more noticeable when the cesspit needs to be emptied. 

Slow draining toilet / sink / shower or bath:

It’s normal for us to be called out to a blocked drain to find a full cesspit is the cause. The most ideal approach to know whether you have a cesspit issue or a blocked drain is to distinguish the number of drains affected. In the event that just one drain is affected, this usually means you have a small blockage. However, if the entirety of your drainage system appears to have the issue, in all probability you have a full cesspit.

Greener grass:

If you observe the grass is greener in patches around your cesspit, but not your whole garden, this is a key indicator that the cesspit is either full and surcharging, or you have a leak. The grass will be greener/more lush because it will be benefiting from the nutrients from the wastewater being leached into the soil.

Drains backing up:

The sign your cesspit needs emptying which causes the greatest headache of them all, is when the drainage system backs up into your property. This will leave you having to tidy up and an expensive bill on disinfectant and cleaning materials. The tank will, for the most part, influence the drains at the lowest parts of the property first and it is obviously more ideal to recognize your cesspit needs emptying before this problem arises.

Keeping an eye on your cesspit is a significant task as a full tank can become an ongoing issue. It is additionally imperative to keep in touch with your local waste management company to track how regularly they have emptied your tank.

Why not choose West Wales Waste as your waste management company? We will be more than happy to answer your questions and help prevent your cesspit from becoming a headache. You can fill in one of our instant quote forms, call us on 01646 629 089 or email info@westwaleswaste.com.

What is a cesspit?

How much does a cesspit cost to empty?

what is a cesspit?

What is a Cesspit?

A Cesspit is one of three common waste management systems which collect water waste from a property rather than being connected to a mains sewer system.

All these waste management systems have small differences in their process of collecting and treating wastewater.

Other alternative types of waste management systems are Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment Plants.

The Cesspit and septic tank are commonly mistaken for being the same system. However, both systems run very different processes when holding/disposing of wastewater.

A Cesspit waste management system tends to store all wastewater collected in a tank found underground in close proximity to the property which is then emptied on a regular basis. In short, it simply stores waste rather than treats the wastewater like its forerunner, the septic tank.

A septic tank waste management system is a far more complex process because it collects, stores and disposes of the majority of the wastewater it collects. This being said, a septic tank still needs to be emptied or de-sludged 1-2 times annually.

Previous to the introduction of the septic tank it wasn’t uncommon to find households with a Cesspit installed.

The frequency you will need to empty a Cesspit will depend on the size of it as well as the number of people living within the property, but you are likely to have to empty the tank on 8 – 10 a year.

You will commonly find cesspit tanks come in the sizes below:

  • 1000 Gallons / 4500 Litres
  • 2000 Gallons / 9000 Litres
  • 3000 Gallons / 13500 Litres
  • 4000 Gallons / 18000 Litres

Find out our cesspit tank emptying cost estimates here.

If you would like to find out more about our cesspit services please click here and fill out one of our contact forms.

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