How Often Should You service your septic system on Long Island?

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How Often Should You service your septic system on Long Island?

Whether you are installing a fresh cesspool in your home or are maintaining an older unit, making regular service and cleaning a priority will ensure your cesspool continues to perform its draining duties for generations to come. 

A cesspool acts as a drain in the ground for liquid waste, dispersing it naturally into the soil. However, when solid matter is brought into your cesspool, clogs can occur and liquid drainage will build up. Taking a proactive approach when maintaining your cesspool with regular pumping and professional services will guarantee that your plumbing performs efficiently and problem-free. Scheduling a cesspool pumping and service before there is a problem will save you time, money and peace of mind. 

When To Service Your Cesspool

No matter the age or condition of your cesspool, every unit will need to be pumped at some point in time. 

Knowing how often to schedule a cesspool service will depend on a number of factors including the age of your well and how many people live in the home. If you have a much older cesspool, you may need to pump it more often than those with a newer model. 

On average, a cesspool will need to be pumped and serviced once every 3 – 5 years. If your cesspool is backing up or clogging and requires pumping more often than every 2 years, you may have a leak within your system. Also, the amount of people living at a residence will also determine the amount of water consumption and may require more frequent pump-outs.

Doing regular personal inspections and checks on your cesspool is a smart way to search for leaks or other major problems with your plumbing system and cesspool. However, always schedule a professional inspection every few years to ensure that everything is working A-OK with your plumbing system!

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Tips For Maintaining Your Cesspool

To keep your cesspool in working order, there are a variety of ways (other than regular pumping) to preserve the longevity of your well. Here are a few ways to keep your cesspool in fighting shape:

  1. Regularly Check Household Appliances for Leaks

To ensure your cesspool does not overflow or collapse, be sure to check regularly for leaky plumbing in your home, as small leaks in faucets, toilets, showers or other household appliances can unnecessarily overburden the storage capacity of your cesspool. 

  1. Be Careful With What You Put Down Your Drains

Putting harmful chemicals or oils into your drains can shorten the lifespan of your cesspool, as they are not meant to handle such items. Things like motor oil, cooking grease or oils, feminine products, coffee grounds and more can all cause clogs or other problems in your cesspool. Keeping a close eye on what you put into your drains can keep your cesspool working great!

  1. Don’t Drive Over Your Cesspool

Placing your cesspool in an area that you will not drive over is a vital way to ensure your unit does not collapse. Do not store heavy items such as machinery or landscaping materials on top of your cesspool, as the increased weight can put a strain on its structure. 

If you follow these important tips and schedule a professional inspection with Rescue Cesspool & Drain once every three years, you can rest easy knowing that your cesspool and household plumbing will be in good working order for years to come!

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