Frequently Asked Questions
In your locality, if you have sewers you may not have a choice on which to use. Regarding which is better they both have high initial costs, but for the cesspool there are no additional costs for the next 15 – 20 years. With a sewer connection you have to pay a monthly connection fee for using the sewer. The upside is you can dump all of your waste water into the sewer and the sewer will not be affected. A cesspool on the other hand you have to worry about reducing the lifespan of your cesspool by what you put into it. Additionally, the cesspool will need to be replaced sooner or later.
A sewer connection will increase the value of your house to most people and reduce the maintenance involved with your sanitary system. So in the end if you have access to a sewer connection, go for it.
You do not need to worry if we bring our drain cleaning snake into your house, they are not poisonous, and are not known to bite. They are however a death sentence to a clogged or slow drain. A drain snake is a tool used to clean drains, it is either electric powered or manual. It consists of a long cable with blades on the end which is rotated when run through pipes to clean them.
We are a full service sanitary system maintenance company. We regularly do work for both residential and commercial customers across Long Island, with projects including new installations, sewer and drain cleaning, and the pumping of cesspools, septic tanks and cesspits. Additionally, we do other cesspool maintenance tasks like chemical treatments, aeration, and line replacement.
Yes, if there is a problem with your existing septic tank cover we can replace it for you.
Yes we do empty cesspits, cesspit pumping is priced by the gallon usually in 1,000 gallon increments with a minimum charge. If you are getting your cesspit emptied you may want to consider other options like aeration, and chemical treatment which will extend the time before you need to empty it again.
The primary difference is a cesspit is self draining and a septic tank is not. A septic holds solid waste for decomposition and removal letting the wastewater flow into a leaching field to be absorbed into the ground. When wastewater enters a cesspit the water drains through the sides and bottom, while the solids remain for decomposition. Cesspits do not require a leaching field as they are self draining.
A cesspit is a synonym for a cesspool, and it works the same way a cesspool works. Cesspits are commonly made by digging a large hole and placing precast concrete rings with holes on the sides into the hole, these rings are stacked on top of each other until the desired capacity is reached. On top of the rings a concrete top is placed, the top is either flat or dome shaped. A typical size for a modern cesspit is 3,000 gallons, which would be two rings and a dome top. Additionally, the dome top has an access hole for maintaining the cesspit.
There is a pipe coming from the associated building which carries waste water and dumps it into the cesspit. There is a layer of waste that floats on the top in the cesspit which slow decomposes through bacterial action. The water which enters the cesspit will slowly escape the bottom and sides of the cesspit.
Commonly today cesspits are linked together in series, with the first one functioning like a draining septic tank and sending any excessive water over to the second cesspit.
A cesspit is part of a buildings wastewater disposal system. Typically made of stacked precast concrete rings with drainage slots on the sides and an unfinished bottom which is buried underground outside the building connected by pipe to the building. It may have an access cover for maintenance. The capacity of a cesspit system is increased by adding more stacked concrete rings or by connecting several cesspits together using pipe so that when the primary cesspit is full the overflow runs by pipe into a secondary cesspit. The capacity of a cesspit is limited by the diameter of the concrete rings and the height of the water table below. If the bottom of the cesspit is below the water table the cesspit will not drain through the bottom reducing it’s drainage capacity.
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A cesspool is part of a building’s wastewater system used to dispose of wastewater. Liquids and solids flow into the cesspool, the liquids drain through the bottom and sides of the cesspool into the ground, the solids remain to decompose through bacterial action.
A building’s wastewater system functions by breaking down solids into liquid and particulate through bacterial action, and by draining the liquid back into the ground. A septic tank is used to hold solids, but requires a drainage system which can be either a leaching field or a cesspool. A cesspool holds both solids and liquids and is self draining so it does not require septic tank. The best system should contain a septic tank and utilize either a cesspool or a leaching field for drainage based on your soil conditions.
A residential cesspool can last 15 to 30 years depending on usage, capacity and soil conditions. There are many factors which determine the life of a cesspool.
- How many people there are in your house and their water usage.
- Does washing machine drain into your cesspool or into a separate drywell
- What type of soil is the cesspool in?
- How high is the water table
Cesspool aeration is a technique used to increase the drainage rate of an older cesspool. In a cesspool the primary source of drainage is the open bottom. Over time sediment, waxes, and oils create a coating across the bottom of a cesspool reducing the speed at which the cesspool can drain.
To increase the drainage rate of the cesspool it is opened and a long pipe connected to a very powerful air compressor is repeatedly driven into the bottom of the cesspool. The air escaping from the pipe being driven into the bottom of the cesspool breaks the bottom up increasing its drainage speed. Typically after the bottom is aerated sulfuric acid is added break down the fats and waxes which have accumulated on the bottom.
Sulfuric acid is commonly used to extend the life of a cesspool. It works by breaking down the coating of fat and soap that has accumulated along the walls and the bottom of the cesspool and thereby increasing the drainage rate. The sulfuric acid is heavier then water so it sinks to the bottom. The treatment can be combined with pumping, and/or aeration for greater effect.
Cesspools are part of a building’s plumbing system designed to dispose of wastewater from toilets, sinks, washing machines and the like. A cesspool is created by making a hole in the ground and placing in it precast concrete rings. These rings are typically around 3’ tall and 8’ in diameter with slots on the sides for drainage. The rings can be stacked on top of each other to create a larger cesspool. A cesspool can be used with or without a septic tank to hold and breakdown solid waste. Cesspools used in conjunction with a septic tank last longer and are more efficient.
Both cesspools and a septic tanks are part of a building’s wastewater disposal system. The cesspool receives both solids and liquids by pipe from the building. Liquids are drained through the sides and bottom of the cesspool. Solids remain to be broken down by bacterial action.
A septic tank receives both solids and liquids from the building, but the liquids flow out of the septic tank into a leaching field which drains the liquid into the ground. The solids remain, like in the cesspool, and are broken down by bacterial action. Some septic tank systems use a cesspool for drainage instead of a leaching field, this choice is typically made based on soil conditions.