The Difference Between Cesspools, Septic Systems and Tight Tanks
All are designed to receive and hold sewage, but what happens afterward is what differentiates these 3 receptacles. A cesspool is a pit lined with cement or stone and sometimes has an outlet pipe connected to another pit. With a septic tank, the wastewater flows to a leach field where it undergoes a filtration process. A tight tank is just an enclosed tank with no outlet. Cesspools and tight tanks lack the ability to filter waste, and the sewage eventually contaminates the surrounding soil. For this reason, cesspools and tight tanks are outdated and illegal in some areas. If you live in an older home with one of these, there are likely regulations mandating it be pumped and cleaned out on a regular basis.
Experienced Techs Required
If you are building a new home, your only likely wastewater choices are a septic system or the city sewer system. This would be based on whether your property can connect to the public sewer system, and many rural areas cannot. If you currently use a cesspool or tight tank, do not be surprised if town regulations require you to replace it with a septic system. In the meantime, make sure you are doing your part to sustain the integrity of the environment by properly maintaining your cesspool or tight tank. Since these aren’t as common, newer service providers may not know how to clean them properly. However, Kaiser-Battistone’s technicians have experience with every type of wastewater receptacle. To learn more or to schedule maintenance, Contact Us or Request Service Now.
May’s Messiest Drain Award
Imagine the surprise when an alarm was going off in a local grocery store, and no one could figure out where it was coming from. It wasn’t the security system or the smoke alarm, so the staff called us for help when they finally gave up trying to find the source. We sent one of our technicians right away to investigate.
He discovered the alarm was connected to their indirect waste pit which was almost full, so he called a crew to come and pump out the pit. While working, the guys noticed the outlet line was also clogged with heavy debris and needed to be cleaned out. This required the services of our confined space entry team who was able to safely enter the pit and use the jetter to clear the outlet pipe.
Thankfully the Kaiser-Battistone team is capable of performing a variety of services, so these three tasks could be handled quickly by a single company. The manager of the store was grateful for our expertise and ability to prevent a potential disaster. We’d love to do the same for you. To learn more about our wastewater services or to schedule an appointment, Contact Us.
Smaller Than GoPros? Check Out the Video Cameras that are Used to Diagnose Septic Problems
Technology has simplified so many areas of life including wastewater management. Septic maintenance continues to become simpler thanks to advancements in the equipment we use. Video technology is one that has truly been a game changer in our industry due to its ability to save time and money. When it comes to septic diagnosis, video cameras have revolutionized our methods of identifying and locating problems.
No More Guesswork
It used to be impossible to see what was going on underground in your septic system without a lot of digging. With the development of special cameras designed to travel through plumbing, technicians can now quickly take a look at the inside of your pipes. These septic cameras can go to great lengths to find clogs, roots, rust spots or cracks in pipes. They can also be used to find good things like that wedding ring you accidentally dropped down the sink.
No More Destruction
Camera technology now allows us to investigate a problem without excavation. Our technicians simply insert the camera and find the blockage or damage. If by chance your pipes are broken, you can even look at trenchless pipelining solutions that make repairs without any digging. Your grounds and landscaping can remain undisturbed from diagnosis to final repair.
Small Cameras, Big Savings
We can pass on great savings to the customer when eliminating the cost of excavation and time to diagnose the problem. Not only that, our little cameras are great for inspections and have grown in popularity as a preventative measure. Businesses like supermarkets and restaurants with high water consumption can certainly benefit from periodic camera inspections due to their ability to find unforeseen problems. Combine these inspections with a healthy maintenance regimen, and you will extend the life and efficiency of your septic system. To learn more or to see our cameras in action, Contact Kaiser-Battistone or Request Service Now.