Cesspit Emptying Chalk

We have been working with customers in the village of Chalk for many years now and are delighted to provide a first-class, quality service every time. Our works vary greatly, from small to large scale.

Chalk is a village and since 1935 a former civil parish which adjoins the east of Gravesend, Kent, England. As is intuitive, its name comes from the Saxon word cealc meaning a chalkstone. In 1931 the parish had a population of 563.

One layer of the chalk carries flints, stones embedded in the chalk, and these were used in building and in providing the means of fire for muskets. The stone is often cut to provide a flat edge as a craft known as flint-knapping. The trade was worked in Chalk from the 17th century onwards. Gun-flints were produced here in large quantities until the early 19th century.

Current issues relating to the immediate environment around Chalk include a proposed new Lower Thames Crossing across the nearby estuary marshes, confirmed in 2017.

Chalk, already known in the 8th century from a witan (a Saxon meeting) held here, is mentioned in the Domesday Book. An Iron Age settlement discovered near St. Mary’s Church following the laying of a gas pipeline. A large Roman villa was discovered here in 1961. Of the farms in the parish, Filborough is the oldest, having historical mention as early as AD 1220. At one time it was owned by Henry VIII. Two of its manor houses were called West Court and East Court.

Chalk’s major claim to fame is its connection with Charles Dickens. Here he spent his honeymoon with his new bride, Catherine Hogarth; and it was here that he wrote the early instalments of Pickwick Papers. He also used the old forge in the village as a model for Joe Gargery’s cottage in Great Expectations. The building still stands as a historically listed building .

In 1935 Chalk parish became part of the Municipal Borough: until then it had been a somewhat remote village. In the main street was one of the tollgates for toll road opened between Northfleet and Strood; it remained until 1871. In 1921 the new Gravesend-Rochester road was built which left the former main village street to the north. The village inn, the White Hart now stands on the main road (now converted and part of the Harvester Restaurant group); and the school closed to be replaced by the village hall. The school project had been the brainchild of the Vicar of Chalk during the Victorian era, the Revd. William Joynes, and was originally funded largely through Joynes’s good working relationship with the Earl of Darnley; the ownership of the school became vested in the church’s Diocesan Board of Education. The local church bought the site through its PCC in 1960 during the ministry of the Revd Alan Holloway. The name “Chalk Parish Hall” was formalised at this time. The building was extensively enlarged in wood and equipped with a new but non-pitched roof in the later 1960s. After the building became significantly decayed through the rotting of the wooden structure, it was totally rebuilt in brick during 2006-7, and officially re-opened by The Duke of Kent on 5th June, 2007.

The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin lies some distance to the east of the village centre. A church building existed in this location for the Synod of Chalkhythe in 785 and was noted in the Domesday Book of 1086; the current structure dates from the 12th century. The font is Norman and the oldest bell was first hung in 1348. The tower, a prominent landmark for navigation in the Thames, dates from the 15th century.

Also within the parish was the one-time Gravesend Airport, opened as the Gravesend School of Flying in 1932, which during World War II became a Royal Air Force fighter base. Sold to developers in 1957, on much of its site is now one of the biggest post-war housing estates, known as Riverview Park Estate.

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Cesspits require emptying on a frequent basis—typically every 40-60 days depending on use. Here at First 4 Drains we provide affordable cesspit emptying services to customers across the South East and beyond. Contact our professional and friendly team for a cesspit emptying quote today!

The specialists at First4drains offer an affordable Cesspit Emptying service in Chalk to help keep your system in full-working order.

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FAST AND AFFORDABLE CESSPIT EMPTYING & CESSPOOL PUMPING SERVICES Chalk

A Cesspit or cesspool retains all sewage effluent in a sealed tank. This type of system is typically used in areas where there can be no runoff or treatment due to environmental concerns. Cesspits require regular emptying in order to prevent overflowing and other unpleasant problems.

Whether you are a homeowner or manage a large commercial business in Chalk, First 4 Drains can offer a comprehensive service to empty as well as provide essential maintenance to keep your cesspit in good working order.

For your added benefit, First for Drains can offer CCTV drain surveys in Chalk if there is a problem that needs identifying, and our specialist engineers use high pressure water jetting to remove any blockages found and ensure that everything is flowing freely.

 

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Many people confuse a cesspool and a cesspit with a septic tank. While they both provide the same function, which is to collect wastewater and sewage from properties that are not connected to the mains sewer.

A cesspit differs to a septic tank in that they don’t treat the sewage nor do they have an outlet to allow the liquid part of the waste to drain away to a soakaway. Simply put, all the waste that goes into a cesspit, stays in the cesspit, which is why cesspits require more regular emptying compared to a septic tank.

Also, the costs of operating and maintaining a cesspit typically make them unsuitable for domestic use. On average. the annual costs to empty a cesspit can run anywhere between £2,000 to £8,000 in emptying charges alone. Not to mention the fact that many homes just don’t have the space required to install a cesspit. An average 3-4 bedroom home would require a tank capacity of upwards of 40,000 litres, resulting in a tank over 10 metres long and 2 metres wide!

Cesspits and cesspools can also be quite smelly compared to septic tanks as they require venting to allow trapped sewer gases to escape.

HOW OFTEN DOES A CESSPIT NEED TO BE EMPTIED in Chalk?

This will depend on the level of use, and size of your tank. A cesspit will typically require emptying more often than a Septic tank as there is no treatment of the waste, it is simply held in the tank until it is time to be emptied.

Cesspits will typically need to be emptied every 45 days or so,  you may have a cesspit alarm that will tell you when it is time to empty it.

WHY CHOOSE FIRST4DRAINS FOR YOUR CESSPIT PUMPING NEEDS in Chalk?

First 4 Drains are highly trained with experience in emptying  as well as maintenance of cesspits of all sizes. We offer a comprehensive service from the initial contact through to completion of works and ongoing maintenance as needed

With over 20 years experience, we can be trusted to offer the right solution to your cesspit emptying needs.  We’re dedicated to providing quality service in a professional but friendly manner.

We offer 24/7 emergency call-out services alongside regular maintenance appointments so whether you are looking for the solution to a current problem or just to prevent any problems from arising, we’re committed to providing reliable, hassle-free service.

If you’d like to learn more, or have a question about getting your cesspit emptied, contact the team at First 4 Drains today. We offer fast and affordable cesspit pumping services to customers across the South East and beyond.