Hidden Hazards 
Abandoned underground sewage infrastructures, like septic tanks and cesspools, are found throughout the Portland Metro area, particularly in areas later to be incorporated into the city sewer system. These abandoned systems are at risk of deterioration and eventual collapse. For that reason, permits for additions, major remodels, and redevelopment may come with the added stipulation that the abandoned underground sewage infrastructure is properly decommissioned.   

Filling The Void 
The decommissioning of a cesspool or septic tank is usually relatively simple, provided the area is accessible to excavation equipment. The typical process involves excavating to expose the lid, pumping any remaining contents, and backfilling the void space with compacted fill material to prevent future settling or collapse.   

Soil Solutions Delivers 
An abandoned cesspool that is not properly decommissioned can be both a safety risk and a liability. Let Soil Solutions take that worry off your table by handling the process from start to finish. Our expert project managers and excavation crews will work to minimize impacts to your yard and budget, as well as coordinate all required permits and inspections.
Whether you are a potential home buyer doing your due diligence on your new home, or a homeowner looking to investigate a concern, Soil Solutions is here to provide the professional experience you need. Reach out today, and let us know how we can help!  

Is Your House Actively Serviced by a Septic Tank or Cesspool? 
In some areas not yet serviced by a municipal sewer system, a septic tank or cesspool might still be in use. Soil Solutions can happily inspect the service line between the house and the tank. For an inspection of a septic tank and drain field, we recommend contacting a licensed septic service provider. Contact us today if you would like a referral.