Caring for your septic tank and cesspool

Many years ago cesspools were used to hold domestic waste and raw sewage. They were used long before the advent of municipal sewerage systems as well as septic tanks. Rarely do you see a cesspool today in developed societies, but they are still in use in developing areas.

A cesspool was little more than a pit dug into the ground; the pit was lined with stone or brick. Sewage and waste was dumped into the cesspool which needed to be cleaned out to make room for additional material. Although cesspools are no longer used, the term is still used but it refers to the drain field and is used in conjunction with a septic tank. Cesspool cleaning in Suffolk County is more rightly septic tank cleaning as this is where the sludge accumulates.

When wastewater from various sources in your home leaves the house they do so through the mainline which goes directly to the septic tank. The septic tank is where the solids and liquids are separated. The solid material sinks to the bottom of the tank and the liquids remain on top. The solids are called sludge and the liquid is called scum. The sludge generates natural bacteria’s which decomposes as much as 60 percent of the solids. Cesspool cleaning in Suffolk County is recommended to be carried out every couple of years.

During the periods between cleaning you should follow certain guidelines to ensure that the septic system remains trouble free; here are a few tips which will help considerably.

  1. Landscape in such a fashion that rainwater is diverted from the drain field; a wet field will not neutralize the liquid waste as well.
  2. Don’t overload the system: Make sure that your taps are not dripping, your toilet is not running and fit aerators and flow reducers to minimize the amount of water entering the septic tank.
  3. Dispose of solid waste properly: The toilet is no place to dump cat litter, paper towels, sanitary napkins, cigarette butts, etc. These types of materials will not be decomposed and will fill the tank very quickly.
  4. Do not pour grease down the drain, this will clog the drain field and the grease soaked soil will not allow the liquid to be absorbed.

Solids will eventually build up and need pumping out but between cesspool cleaning in Suffolk County you can be assured of a well functioning septic system with a little bit of care.

Septic tank and cesspool cleaning in Suffolk County can be accomplished quickly, efficiently and professionally when it is done by Mangano Sewer & Drain. Visit for more information.


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