This is another article on how plastics and nylons from laundry water can wreak havoc in a cesspit. The modern day Green revolution is making homeowners conscious of everything they use around their property. As much as possible, many prefer to use environment friendly products that do not cause aggravated problems in their properties. The cesspit is one of the most important factors in a homeowner’s property. It makes sure that the wastewater that your household produces everyday is treated and purified so that it could be used again. In this technological lifestyle, plastic still dominates every product in the market. That is why even if almost everyone chooses the green way, plastic still makes it into many homes, particularly in the cesspit.
Plastic is a general term for substances that are semi-synthetic or synthetic solids. These solids can be formed into anything. It is made up of organic polymers that have elevated molecular mass but it always has other compounds. Plastic is synthetic and is usually obtained from petrochemicals. Others are made up of partially natural compounds. The organic polymers present in plastic are based on carbon atom chains, nitrogen, oxygen, or sulfur. All households have plastic. The issue is how plastic and nylon make it into the cesspit.
It is not a secret that many household members are not responsible when it comes to garbage disposal. These people do not use real garbage bins and just dispose plastic items into the toilet or into the drains. They usually say that they use garbage disposal units to breakdown the plastic components that they dump into the drains so they don’t really do any harm to the cesspit. What they do not know is that plastic will always be plastic. It may have organic components but it will always have synthetic elements that cannot be broken down anymore.
As you know, the cesspit is a system that has bacteria as the main players. The anaerobic bacteria in the cesspit are the ones that breakdown the solid waste products that come with the wastewater. With their help, the wastewater is transformed into cleaned, usable water that is returned to the surrounding environment in a safe form. The anaerobic bacteria could only break down biodegradable materials. If plastic is present in the wastewater, come of its components will not be decomposed anymore. More plastic dumped into the cesspit results to more frequent cesspit malfunction. This requires more frequent repairs and replacements, which cost you more money.
Nylon is a type of plastic that’s also known as PA (polymide). It is a made up of synthetic fiber that has no organic substances in it. It is used in making toothbrush bristles because nylon is flexible and strong at the same time. That was why many products such as parachute, which were used in the war. Nylons are resistant to wear and heat. It is also resistant to oil so nylons are used in making plain bearings, seals, and seats. Many homes and establishments use nylon and sadly, this type of plastic also makes it into the cesspit.
As a responsible cesspit owner, you should know how plastics and nylons fro laundry water can wreak havoc in a cesspit. Clothes can also have plastic or nylon components. The actions performed by the washing machine may dislodge or separate fibers and wardrobe components, releasing them into the laundry water. The plastic and nylon components in the greywater will definitely go straight towards the cesspit if you don’t have a dry well or a greywater system. The non-biodegradable substances in the laundry water will definitely cause chaos in the cesspit. Since the anaerobic bacteria cannot decompose plastic, these compounds will just stay in the cesspit and clog the surrounding perforations. Some of them may even flow into the soil absorption system and clog the system. If this is not corrected by the septic expert soon, the cesspit may fail.
It would be helpful to the cesspit if you add additional filters in your washing machine and in the inflow tube of the cesspit. By then, you will experience a cesspit system without any issues for many years.