How to Find a Cesspool on an Unexplored Property

Cesspool Pumping

Locating the cesspool is difficult if the history of the property is unknown. However, there are indications that may point to the possible location of the cesspool. All you need to do is look for these indications. Even without calling the professionals, this task should be fairly easy.

Look For Obvious Signs

Cesspools may have parts that can be seen on the ground. Even a keen eye may be able to locate buried covers. For instance, exposed stakes may be seen. In some cases, a survey of the property may determine the cesspool’s location. During winter, for instance, look for an area where the snow melts more rapidly.

Spot Landscaping Clues

The old owner would not have planted trees or shrubs over the cesspool. So, an area without vegetation aside from grasses may hold a cesspool underneath. Dirt mounds and rock piles may also indicate the presence of a cesspool. In general, look for irregularities on the ground surface. Anomalous areas on the ground are some features to check. An area on the ground where a cesspool sits underneath may be raised or depressed.

The vegetation over the cesspool would probably look different from the vegetation around. If it leaks, the grass growing over it becomes nourished. See if there is an area where the grass is greener.

Use a Metal Detector.

A cesspool can be easily searched using efficient devices, like a metal detector. A metal detector will determine the presence of metals in a cesspool. You can then assume the location of a cesspool.

Call Cesspool Services

If you don’t wish to spend an entire morning looking for buried cesspools, you can simply dial the number of the nearest septic system pumping company. Chances are a local cesspool service company had built it. They probably know where the pit is located. Even if they don’t know its location, they would still be more experienced in looking for buried cesspools. Professionals can trace the sewer lines safely. If you want good work, you may ask professionals to do the job. That should ease the burden on your part.

Track Drainage Lines

Cesspools drain their contents through drain lines, which are actually pipes that transport the contents of a cesspool to an absorption area. The absorption area appears soggy. Vegetation is lush in this area. If you probe this area using a reinforcing bar rod, you could find the drain lines, which eventually lead to the cesspool.

Knowing the location of the cesspool is necessary during maintenance and repairs. Damaged cesspools may leak and release unwanted odors. Maintenance and repair should be done by professionals.