Owning a cesspit is not an easy thing. The cesspit is considered as far simpler and much older system that the septic. With its simplicity, comes the disadvantage. The cesspit is very prone to backing up and failure when not maintained. This will certainly result in exorbitant cesspit repair cost. It is a wastewater treatment facility that is “grandfathered”, meaning the homeowner just waits for it to fail completely and then replaces it with a modern septic system. Nevertheless, many homes still use the cesspit as a means to recycle their wastewater. Just like any other component in your home, the cesspit tends to “get sick” sometimes. Mainly because of the following reasons:
• Roots from hardwood plants on the cesspit area
• Antibacterial hand soaps and strong chemicals used around the home
• grease and non-biodegradable materials thrown into drains, toilets and sinks
• not pumping out on a regular basis
• using the cesspit area as a parking lot or driveway
• using the cesspit area as a site for construction
• the rain gutter drains directly on the cesspit
There may also be times when the cesspit is too neglected and the cesspit will require a repair. Cesspit repair cost can range into the thousands of dollars depending on the required repair. Cesspit lid can fair requiring a repair. Material can fall into a cesspit including rocks, pebbles, small animals and even pets. These can cause heavy clogging and inevitable cesspit failure.
Another cause of cesspit malfunction is not pumping out the system on a regular basis. This can lead to a buildup in bio-mat that can result in leaching problems and the system needing repair.
When the cesspit malfunctions, the septic expert usually conducts a thorough inspection to find out what really caused the problem. It’s important for the real cause to be determined so that proper interventions can be administered. The malfunction may be caused by several things so if the septic expert enumerates them to you, try to reflect on how good you are in maintaining your cesspit.
These are trying times. With the economy at a standstill, you should be doing your best to maintain your cesspit. It’s not a small thing anymore to spend thousands for a new cesspit. Because of the weakening dollar, you should try your best to make the most out of what you have. If you bought a home with e cesspit system, you should do everything in your power to care for it so that it may still serve you for decades to come.
It can be disheartening to find out that your cesspit is not doing well. It’s a good thing that the septic expert has given you a list of estimated cesspit repair costs so that you can have an idea of how much you’re going to prepare:
1. replacement with copper supply pipes between 10 & 15 USD
2. shut-off valve installations between 25 & 50 USD
3. supply piping insulations between 1 & 3 USD
4. drain field repairs between 1,200 & 2,500 USD
5. repairs ordinary leaks between 75 & 125 USD
6. extra sand mound system between 12,000 &45,000 USD
7. replacement of main waste pipe between 25 & 75 USD
8. sand mound tank replacement between 2,800 & 5,500 USD
9. replacement outside hose bib between 75 & 150 USD
10. repairs trap or drain between 75 & 200 USD
11. waste pipe replacement cast iron between 10 & 15 USD
12. pvc replacement of waste pipes between 5 & 10 USD
13. replacement supply pipes between 5 & 10 USD
Having a prepared budget for any cesspit repair costs could really help you take a lot out of your financial burdens. It’s like having a pet or a family member that has to undergo therapy and medications. Setting aside a small amount everyday in a penalty or a good deed jar could add to or even take care of the entire cesspit repair costs at one time.