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You should pump your cesspool every couple of years. Put at least 10 gallons of chemical (acid) in a Precast Cesspool (*Note – acid should never go into a septic tank). Lastly, Aerate your cesspool regularly to allow it to properly drain.

Usually, when a cesspool is full the water will drain but very slowly. If the water does not drain at all then you likely have a clogged line.

If you have to pump your cesspool more than once a year it is time to upgrade to a new cesspool. If you have a block cesspool from the 1930s, 40s, 50s or early 60s you should fill it in and replace it with a precast cesspool. A dip in your lawn is an indication that your block cesspool is caving in. Note – most houses have two cesspools. Always pump out and treat both cesspools before you replace your cesspool!

To Prevent Pumping Your Cesspool Frequently:

  • Check for leaks! A leaking toilet will fill the cesspool.
  • Be sure no faucets or showers are dripping.
  • Never use powder soap, always use liquid.
  • Switch washer machine from cesspool to dry well.
  • Never flush baby wipes, even if they are labeled “flushable”.
  • Do not flush feminine hygiene products.

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