Septic Tank and Cess Pool Services

Septic Tank and Cesspool Services Brighton

Sewage receptors require regular emptying due to the build-up of bio-solids which must be removed and disposed of in accordance with environmental legislation.

At Sweeptech we offer innovative solutions for sewage waste removal as well as treatment plant installation and maintenance.


How often do I need to empty my Septic Tank?


Our removal service is a quick and simple procedure as outlined below;

  • Firstly we remove the full contents of your tank. This process leaves you with a completely empty tank, however, it will require a few months of inactivity to allow bacteria rebuild. The growth of this new bacteria is essential to break down future waste.
  • Alternatively, our environmentally friendly process of solely removing sediment is a great way to maintain the efficiency of your tank while also preventing lost time while waiting for bacteria to rebuild.  This process is better for your systems efficiency, your immediate environment and also comes with a notable cost reduction.


What is the difference between a Septic Tank and a Cesspit?


Septic Tank : A septic tank is similar to a cesspool, but has the important difference that it only stores solid material and allows partly treated liquid to run away from the tank, either to further treatment, or to a system of underground land drains.

Cesspit: Is an underground tank that is not part of a sewage treatment system instead it stores sewage until the time of disposal. A cesspool will have an inlet pipe but no outlet. Older cesspools are constructed of brick, while modern ones are made of fibreglass. Cesspools are watertight to prevent the leakage of foul water or the ingress of groundwater.


How often should a septic tank VS a cesspit be emptied?


  • Septic tanks – to work efficiently the buildup of deposit needs to be removed once a year. However, the actual frequency depends on the size of your property and the number of occupants.
  • Cesspits – emptying is likely to be at least twice a year. Frequency will depend not only upon the size of the tank, the size of the property and the level of occupancy but also whether appliances are emptying into the cesspit.


Problems that may arise with cesspools:


Overflow cesspools must be emptied frequently. This has to be undertaken by a drainage contractor who will move the contents to a tanker. Some older cesspools were designed with overflow pipes, however, such cesspools do not conform to current legislation and design criteria and should not be allowed to overflow.

Leakage this is more common in very old cesspits built of brick. The structure may have deteriorated allowing ingress of groundwater and leakage of foul effluent that will cause pollution and odour.

Leaking connections the connection between the inlet pipe and cesspool may develop a leak.


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