What Is A Cesspool?
Cesspools are sometimes called leaching pools and are essentially large pits designed to manage the wastewater that comes from your buildings each day. This can be from sinks, toilets and even your washing machine in some cases.
Cesspool walls are constructed of brick, concrete or cement.
How Does A Cesspool Function?
Cesspools are beneficial for separating the solid waste materials from the liquids. The wastewater drains into the surrounding soil from perforations made in the solid walls. If your cesspool is designed to handle the overflow from your septic tank, it will require less management than if it is your only means of wastewater management.
What Is A Septic System?
Modern septic systems are little more than a century old, and have made a tremendous difference in the expansion of the modern world. These small units are buried on your property to hold and process the waste materials from the pipes on your property. Modern tanks are constructed with concrete blocks, precast concrete or reinforced fiberglass. These can stand alone or be used in conjunction with a cesspool for greater support and function.
How Does A Septic System Work?
When the solids and liquids are removed from your building through the plumbing system, the material moves to the septic tank where it separates into three different groups. At the very bottom is the sludge. These are solid materials, including inorganic waste that has sunk down to the bottom.
The upper layer of the septic system is known as scum. This contains solid organic materials that float on the top until broken down by bacteria.
In between these two layers is clear water. This water overflows into the soil absorption area where it safely becomes part of the environment again. However, problems can arise if solid materials enter this part of your septic system.
Cesspool And Septic System Maintenance Tips:
Whether your property has one or both of these wastewater management systems in place, you need to be certain that you have done everything possible to take good care of it. In most cases, the suggested tips for maintaining your system are the same.
First of all, beware of overloading your system. If you are doing several loads of laundry while running the dishwasher and folks are taking showers, you are putting your system under undue stress. Plan your household tasks accordingly.
Next, pay attention to the items you put in the drain. Use a mesh drain cover to prevent solids from going down your kitchen sink. Likewise, don’t use your sink to dispose of oils and fats when you are cooking. Instead, pour them into a safe disposable container you can throw away with your other garbage.
Many people make the mistake of using their sinks and toilets as an easy way to get rid of unwanted garbage. However, this can wreak havoc on your cesspool or septic system. The list of contraindicated products includes: coffee grounds, disposable diapers and baby wipes, dental floss, tissues and sanitary napkins.
If you have extra medication, do NOT dispose of it in your waste water. Instead, contact your doctor or pharmacist for the best location near you that accepts unwanted medications.
When you are cleaning, use the appropriate amount of detergents and minimize the amount of chemicals you add to the system. If you believe that your system needs chemical treatments to function better, contact a professional company to handle it for you. Our team has extensive experience safely handling sulphuric acid; you don’t.
Avoid adding stress to your wastewater management system. For instance, avert foot and vehicular traffic away from the site. Likewise, make sure that your gutter downspouts are aimed toward another part of your property.
Keep trees and plants with expansive root systems far from your cesspool or septic system.
In order to minimize the amount of stress that is placed on your system, replace the fixtures in your home with low-flow alternatives. Also, make an effort to reduce the amount of water your household uses each day.
Your waste water management system requires regular maintenance visits to ensure proper functioning. You can avert problems before they arise by having a licensed professional inspect your system at least once each year.
What To Do When Problems Arise:
As soon as you realize something is amiss with your waste management system, give Island Cesspool a call. We can provide a free quote from one of our Long Island offices. Our expert technicians will diagnose and repair the troubles so you can go back to enjoying your property!