The Difference Between Cess Pits & Septic Tanks

Cess pit emptying taking place

For those who own properties that aren’t connected to the main sewage system, there are two waste disposal options available: septic tanks and cess pits. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually very different things, and choosing the wrong option could prove to be a costly mistake.

At Thistle Tanks, we are experts in waste management and are therefore best placed to help you understand the difference between a cess pit and a septic tank. If you’re unsure which one you need, keep reading as we explain everything you need to know.

Key Differences Between Cess Pits & Septic Tanks

Here at Thistle Tanks, we provide waste disposal services. We have decades of experience in helping both domestic and commercial clients professionally manage their waste. We are registered waste management carriers and operate a flexible and competitive service.

With this in mind, our knowledgeable team can advise you on the best option for your needs, but as a general rule of thumb, the most notable difference between the two is that septic tanks have a drainage function, whereas cess pits do not.

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What Is A Cess Pit?

In essence, it is an underground waste collection point that simply collects waste over a set period. The waste isn’t drained away – it is contained within the carrier until it is emptied. At Thistle Tanks, we offer a flexible cess pit emptying service to suit your needs, be it every few weeks or monthly.

These must be emptied regularly otherwise they could leak, and this is a criminal offence. Our cesspits are leakproof, but they do still need to be emptied regularly.

In most cases, they are a temporary waste management solution and as such are used commonly on building sites or campsites.

What Is A Septic Tank?

Septic tanks are the most standard option for properties that aren’t connected to the mains sewage network. They have a built-in draining system which treats the waste and empties it into an approved waterway.

Generally speaking, septic tanks require less maintenance and are a more permanent solution, but they do still need to be looked after. If you flush heavy substances like grease or fat down your sink, or if you flush sanitary products down the toilet, you risk your septic tank getting blocked, and this will eventually cause flooding.

At Thistle Tanks, we regularly service septic tanks and cess pits to ensure they’re legally compliant and not at risk of causing harmful flooding. During our servicing, we remove waste build-ups at the bottom of your tank, ensuring your system is in full working order and free of built-up sewage.

If you’re still unsure which option is best for you, please contact us. Alternatively, if you’re based in the midlands, please get in touch with our team to discuss our septic tank and cess pit emptying service