While it might not be a desirable thing to think about, your cesspool definitely requires attention. Though it is one of the most important components of your home, it’s probably something you don’t think about very often. Every time you flush a toilet, run a load of laundry, turn on the dishwasher, take a shower, or do anything else that requires water to drain, your cesspool is hard at work.
A cesspool’s job is to collect wastewater from your home. This includes all of the water that runs down your drains, as well as anything else that goes down them. Just like all components in your home, a cesspool is subject to damage and requires proper maintenance. It has to be pumped and cleaned out in order to ensure that it is working properly. And, over time and with age, wear and tear can impact the function of this system. Should the cesspool become clogged, if it is filled with more water than it can hold, or if it becomes damaged, issues – such as a backup – are inevitable.
While an overflowing cesspool is the last thing that anyone wants to contend with, the sooner you spot signs of trouble, the faster you can have it repaired. The sooner the backup is attended to, the less damage there will be.
There are some tell-tale signs that indicate a cesspool is in need of pumping. If you notice any of the following indicators, calling a reputable cesspool company is imperative.
A Pungent Odor
If you have ever dealt with a cesspool backup before, there’s no doubt that you will be able to pinpoint the odor immediately. Even if you haven’t dealt with an overflow before, there’s no way that you will be able to mistake the smell that is associated with this issue.
The odor reeks of raw sewage and it’s enough to make even the skunks in your neighborhood run and hide. In the early stages of an overflow, you’ll likely notice the odor outside your home near the drain field. If the overflow has intensified, you will be able to smell the scent inside your house, as it will pour out of drains and toilets.
As soon as you get a whiff of raw sewage, contact a cesspool installer who offers pumping services. The sooner you act, the less damage will occur. Simply ignoring the smell won’t make the problem go away; in fact, it will only become worse.
Pools of Water
If you suddenly notice a pool of water in your lawn and there hasn’t been any rain or snowmelt, it’s likely that the water is coming from your cesspool.
Though cesspools come in varying sizes, they are only designed to hold so much water and waste. Once maximum capacity is reached, solid waste in the tank will start clogging up the pipes in the drain field. When this happens, water will be forced up to the surface of the tank; hence the pool in your lawn. If you see any pooling water, get in touch with a cesspool company as soon as possible.
An Unusually Lush Lawn
While a lush, green lawn is something that most homeowners desire, you probably don’t want your lawn to flourish as a result of a cesspool backup.
If your lawn looks unusually thick and green only around your cesspool, it’s probably because there’s a backup. As a cesspool overflows, the sewage it pushes out actually fertilizes the lawn (surely you’ve fertilized your lawn or garden with manure before?). Don’t marvel at the green, lush lawn; instead, reach out to a cesspool company to schedule an inspection and pumping.
Usually, drains and toilets empty pretty quickly. If you find yourself standing in a pool of water while you are taking a shower, if your sink is filling up with water while you are washing the dishes and the drain is clear, or your toilets seem to be taking a long time to empty, that’s a sign that your cesspool has reached capacity.
Clogs from hair, soap scum and large amounts of toilet paper can slow drains. However, if you have tried to remedy the clog and your drains or toilets are still slow to empty, act quickly and call a cesspool company. The cause of poor drainage could be because the cesspool is holding the maximum that it can contain. As such, it will take more time for drains and toilets to empty out.
Signs of Sewage
Seeing raw sewage is very unsettling, but it is also a sign that clearly indicates that your cesspool has to be pumped as soon as possible.
When a cesspool has reached its maximum capacity, the sewage literally has nowhere to go. Since it can’t make its way into the tank, it pushes back up into your toilets and drains. Sewage backup occurs in the lowest levels of a house first; the basement toilet and sink, for example. If left untreated, however, the sewage will eventually back up into drains and toilets on higher levels, too.
If you spot any of these signs, it’s safe to say that you are dealing with an overflowing cesspool. It’s crucial to act quickly and contact a reputable cesspool installation company that specializes in pumping. If you reside in the Locust Valley area, call Long Island Cesspool at (631) 529-2149. We have been servicing the cesspool needs of residents in this area for more than 10 years. Whether you are situated near the Nassau County Country Club or the John P Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, we will have one of our technicians at your location in no time. Not only will we pump the overflow, but we’ll also inspect your cesspool to determine the cause and make any necessary repairs.