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PHOTO of a septic seepage pit collapse when a truck drove over it.Septic & Cesspool Safety Guide

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Septic & Cesspool Safety:

This document describes key septic system collapse and sinkhole safety warnings for homeowners and home buyers of properties using onsite septic systems and cesspools.

Septic tanks, cesspools, and drywells present serious hazards including septic cave-in's or collapses, methane gas explosion hazards, and asphyxiation hazards.

Simple precautions which we describe here can help avoid a dangerous or expensive septic problem.



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SPECIAL SEPTIC SYSTEM SAFETY WARNINGS FOR HOME OWNERS - Septic System Warnings for Home Owners and Home Buyers

Septic system concerns for a building owner start with safety. The photograph at the top of this page shows what can happen when a truck drives over a cesspool, drywell, or seepage pit.

Luckily in this case no one was injured, but the seepage pit was destroyed and significant costs were involved in installing a new seepage pit as well as in repairing the soils compacted and damaged by the heavy equipment necessary to pull this dump truck out of the pit into which it fell.

Here are some red flags that suggest collapse hazards at septic systems, cesspools, drywells, or seepage pits:

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