An Overview Your Home's Septic System

Have you ever wondered just where all that water goes when it leaves your dishwasher, washing machine, sinks, showers and toilets? If your home is not connected to the city or town sewage system, then all that wastewater from your Long Island home drains into your cesspool. Typically, your septic system consists of a septic tank and cesspool or drainage field. Large sediment is contained in the septic tank while liquid waste is distributed through channels lined with stoned known as leach pools. With regular cesspool Long Island maintenance, your septic system should function optimally.


Wastewater Treatment Process

Wastewater and solid waste is carried to the septic tank through a mainline. Once it reaches the septic tank it is separated by gravity. The heavy waste settles at the bottom of the tank and accumulates. This is known as sludge. Lighter materials float to the top, forming a scum layer. Bacteria that is naturally created by the solid waste consumes up to 60% of the solid waste before entering the cesspool. It is to the benefit of the homeowner to have the cesspool pumped by a licensed septic contractor every two years to keep the septic system from clogging up to avoid costly repairs.


Septic System Failure

Septic systems fail due to lack of maintenance. When the septic tank and cesspool become overloaded, drainage problems occur. This improper draining will allow solid waste to enter the cesspool. This can cause sewage to back up into your Long Island home. Therefore, you will not only have the aggravation and expense of repairing your septic system, but you will also have to deal with cleaning sewage waste from your home.

No one wants to deal with septic tank issues. You might think out of sight and out of mind. When a problem with your septic tank arises, it will no longer be out of sight and out of mind. You will have a big problem on your hands. The last thing you want is for your septic system to overflow into your home. Prevent the headache and expense of a failing septic system by visiting to see how we can help you. Just remember, a little maintenance will go a long way in preventing a costly mess.