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Cesspool And Septic Treatments – What Is The Difference?

Cesspool and Septic Treatments – What is the Difference?

Many homeowners with cesspools or cesspits search the internet for a treatment to restore their system, but are left asking many questions.  Are septic treatments and cesspool treatments the same thing?  What, if any, considerations should I make before applying cesspool treatments?  Is there a difference between the harsh chemical treatments and the cesspool treatments that contain bacteria and enzymes?  All of these questions are common, and completely understandable.

All of your questions are for good reason.  There are many things that you need to consider when choosing a cesspool treatment to restore your system.  But before you start diving into the deep end, let’s start with the basic information.

On a basic level all septic treatments and cesspool treatments are the same.  They are both designed to restore the flow and drainage of your system, so that waste does not pile up causing septic or sewage smell, back-ups and costly pump out bills.  Now that is where the similarities end and it is time to start examining the detailed differences between the varying types of cesspool treatments.

If you were to research cesspool treatments and their ingredients you could essentially separate them into two different groups.  There is a harsh chemical group; the acid treatments and so forth and there is the all-natural group; the bacteria and enzyme complex treatments.  Both can be used on both septic systems as well as cesspools however each comes with their own set of pros and cons.

The harsh chemical group used to be the method of choice until roughly 10-15 years ago.  The thought process is that if you dump a harsh enough chemical, such as acid, into your system, it will break down the waste and allow the cesspool to seep or drain into the soil once again.

The problem is that harsh chemicals will also kill the bacteria and enzymes that are SUPPOSED to be in the cesspool breaking down the waste.  So treating your system with acid may restore flow, but it has done nothing to reverse the problem that is actually CAUSING the back-up in the first place ( ydravlikos ).  There is also a concern that you are depositing acid with the intention of having it penetrate and be absorbed by the soil.  Keep in mind that this eventually makes its way into the water table with the rest of the waste leaving your cesspool.  Your families health should be considered before using these kinds of treatments.

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Now the bacteria and enzyme complex treatments treat your cesspool differently.  They are essentially a boost or blast of bacteria and enzymes, designed to combine with the bacteria already within your cesspool, to eat and digest the solid waste and grime that has built up in your cesspool and clogged the seep or drainage mechanism.

This type of treatment may take a few days longer to penetrate ( a small sacrifice considering ) the solid waste, HOWEVER it does and will restore the actually problem causing your cesspool problem in the first place.  Modern day science supports the use of bacteria based products, number one because it is more effective in the long run, but also because it has zero imprint on the environment and is safe for you, your family and your pets.  This is widely considered to be the best option for cesspool treatments.

So as you can see, cesspool treatments and septic treatments are very similar in nature and there are some options that you can choose from to restore your cesspool.  Make sure you balance the pros and cons of each type of treatment and treat your cesspool with whichever one makes more sense to you.

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