5 Reasons Why Long Island Cesspools Overflow
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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about flushing your toilets, taking showers, washing dishes, or doing laundry. All of that wastewater you create just goes down the drain as if by magic, and you just don’t give it a second thought. But it isn’t magic. Each time you flush something down a toilet or drain in your house, all of that water (and whatever else is in it) collects in a cesspool in your yard.
Like all the systems in your home, problems can arise with your cesspool. The most common problem is an overflow. A cesspool overflow isn’t more than just gross; it can cause serious problems for your entire property and can cost a pretty penny to repair. But why do overflows happen?
Here’s a look at five common reasons why a Long Island cesspool can overflow.
Lack of Maintenance
Just like every other part of your property, a cesspool needs to be maintained. Each time you flush something down a toilet or a drain, water and waste collect in the cesspool. Overtime, that water and waste builds up, leaving little storage space. Eventually, that mucky water and the sludge and slime that sit in the tank will backup, resulting in an overflow.
To avoid a smelly, messy, expensive, and potentially dangerous overflow, routine maintenance is an absolute must. An annual inspection of the tank and the entire system will reveal any issues that could lead to an overflow. Having your cesspool pumped every three to five years will also help to prevent problems. Since a lot of people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to cesspools, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to neglect vital maintenance. If you don’t properly maintain your tank, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re going to be dealing with an overflow at some point.
Cesspools are only meant to hold organic materials that can be broken down. If things like grease, chemicals, oil, paint, cotton swabs, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and cigarette butts and other harsh materials are flushed down a toilet or drain, a backup is imminent.
These types of items are inorganic, which means they can’t be broken down. Instead, they sink to the bottom of the cesspool, and as the collection grows, there’s less room for wastewater. These types of materials can also clog up the pipes that lead to the cesspool, which can also lead to a backup. Make sure you’re cautious with what you’re flushing; your cesspool isn’t a landfill.
Natural bacteria plays a big part in the proper functioning of a cesspool. These live organisms’ breakdown the organic matter that collects in the tank; if there isn’t enough bacterium, that waste won’t be broken down, which means that you could be looking at an overflow. Flushing things like grease, oil, and chemicals down drains can disrupt the balance of bacteria in your cesspool, or the bacteria can naturally become imbalanced. Yet another reason why it’s important to have your cesspool maintained and use caution when flushing stuff down your drains and toilets.
While a cesspool is designed to hold quite a bit of waste, it can only hold so much. When the tank exceeds its capacity, wastewater (and muck) will start pouring out. If you’re using a high volume of water – washing the laundry, running the dishwasher, flushing toilets, and running showers – at one time, there’s a good chance your cesspool is going to backup.
Avoid An Overflow: Contact Vecchio Cesspool Today!
To make sure your Long Island cesspool is in proper working order, contact Vecchio Cesspool today! They’ll perform a complete inspection of your system, diagnose and correct any issues, and pump out the tank to ensure everything is in proper working order. There’s nothing worse than a cesspool backup. Let Vecchio Cesspool keep your system flowing. Call 631.451.6818 to schedule your service today!