Cesspit Odors

have plagued homeowners for centuries. This blog will briefly touch on the cause of septic cesspit odors and the smells created by cesspit systems. We will also take advantage of this opportunity and discuses the pros and cons of cesspits and cesspools. We will discuses their comparison to septic tanks lateral leach fields and the benefits of using bacterial additive as a monthly maintenance cesspit treatment.

Cesspools, cesspits and cesspit maintenance treatments have been used for centuries dating back to pre 600 B.C. Even homeowners of that long ago error understood the importance of treating a cesspit, maintaining cesspit odors and the integrity of their systems.

I don’t think the replacement of a cesspit in 600 B.C. would cost anything near the replacement of a system in today’s standards. Still, the knowledge of the benefits of maintaining a cesspit was still obvious to homeowner of this ancient period.

Cesspits systems and septic tank with drain fields are basically using the same digestion process. Both systems are designed based on the amount of projected waste generated by the home, number of bedrooms, the size of the home and the soils ability to absorb liquid effluent produced by the cesspit system or the septic tank and drain field.

What is the difference between a septic tank using a cesspool as a leaching system and a septic tank using a drain field as a leaching system? Cesspit are typically constructed of perforated concrete rings that are stacked on top of each other to form what resembles an old fashion water well 5 feet to 20 feet in depth. The bottom of the cesspit is filled with crushed stone and gravel where liquid effluent will leach into the soil forming the cesspit. Drain field are typically constructed of 4 inch schedule 40 PVC perforated drain field pipe. The drain field is constructed below the frost line by laying the perforated pipe end to end surrounded by crushes stone and gravel. The drain field will usually extend 150 feet to 300 feet in length.

Maintaining a cesspit will reduce cesspit odors and smells wile extending the life expectance of your cesspit. Maintaining a cesspit will consist of some basic common since techniques based on the type of system you have and the demand placed on the system.

Cesspit odors are indicative of a failing cesspit system. Cesspit systems will usually emit cesspit odors due to a lack of bacteria naturally found in the system. Beneficial bacteria are depleted by products toxic to the cesspit system, products such as antibacterial hand soaps, paint thinners and bathroom cleaners kill off beneficial bacteria essential to the digestion of solid waste generated by the home.

Without the presents of the natural bacteria, digestion of solid waste generated by the household is not possible. Solid waste will coagulate in the cesspit creating a bio-mat build up reducing the systems ability to control cesspit odors.

In an effort to reduce or eliminate bio-mat build up in a cesspit, treating a cesspit system regularly with a cesspit maintenance treatment is recommender by professionals worldwide. The monthly maintenance treatments will reduce cesspit odors ensuring a properly operating system giving the home owner years of problem free service eliminating cesspit odors, ensuring cesspit integrity.

Get rid of septic tank odors is easier said than done

Getting rid of septic tank odors is easier said than done. Septic tanks, drain fields, cesspits, cesspools are basically all the same type of system. They are all used to treat household waste, usually in rural areas of the country where city sewer is not accessible.

This article is written to help the reader address septic system odors and to give the reader a few ideas on ways to treat septic odors and smells when they become apparent to the home owner.

Typically septic system odors come from lack of the bacterium that creates the enzymes essential to the digestion process of solids in the septic tank and leaching area. This bacterium is a natural occurring bacterium that is created by human body waste, fats oils and greases that typically wind up in your septic tank. The bacteria and enzyme digest and reduce this matter down into an effluent that is leached back into the earth filtered, returning to the water table to be pumped to the surface and used again in our homes and work place.

Beneficial bacterial additives play an important role in the digestion process. As we consume more and more anti bacterial products, our septic systems are dying off, causing the digestion process to fail causing septic odors and a buildup of bio-mat in the leaching areas of our septic systems. Some systems can be fitted with effluent filters filtering out the solids that may not get digested as a result of the lack of digestion. This can help by reducing the amount of solids that flow into the septic area and odor build up.

Bacteria enzyme additives have been around for many years being used in waste water treatment plants all over the world. The beneficial bacterial and enzyme additives are now more and more being accepted as a septic tank maintenance treatment used to control buildup of septic odors, sludge and solids.