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    Asked Mar 31, 2008, 09:35 AM 5 Answers
    We bought our home about a year and a half ago. Instead of a septic system, they say it has a cess pool. I am really not sure what that is and the diffrence between the two. No one seems to give us a good answer. Also, they said we had about 2 years until it needed to be pumped. We were looking to do it sooner to try and avoid any problems. Is it treated like a septic system when it comes to pumping it? I have also read that they are dangerous and can collapse. Is there any truth to this?

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    massplumber2008 Posts: 12,697, Reputation: 1201
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    Mar 31, 2008, 09:49 AM

    Hi Newbie:

    Cesspools and cesspool septic systems for onsite wastewater disposal - What are Cesspools? What Cesspool Maintenance is Needed? How do Cesspools Systems Fail?

    Check out this cesspool link.. says it better then I ever could.

    Let us know if you need more... Mark

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    Mar 31, 2008, 09:50 AM
    Cesspit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Mar 31, 2008, 09:52 AM

    A cess pool is pretty much a septic tank with no field tiles. It just allow the cleaner surface water to soak into the ground.
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    Mar 31, 2008, 09:55 AM

    If the cesspool is not maintained properly and pumped out when it should, then it could erode the container and surrounding ground causing a collapse. I know its happened a few times on LI in the last few years. At least one person died after it collapsed under him.
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    Mar 31, 2008, 10:58 AM
    All good answers. They tell me a picture's worth a thousand words!

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