How does a cesspool work?
Have you ever wondered what a cesspool/septic tank actually is?
A Cesspool is simply a single-chamber storage tank with no outlet. The tank is usually very large (as it has to contain all waste water and sewage) and often made from concrete or brick. The only way to dispose of the waste is by hiring a licensed sewage contractor to remove the sewage for off-site disposal.
A Septic Tank is either two chambers, the first chamber all waste goes into and is allowed to decompose through bacterial activity. The water trickles through the dip pipe near the top of tank. This can either go into a second water chamber and then into a soakaway or straight into a soakaway (usually a pit filled with rubble and capped off so the dirt can't get in).