Pumping septic tanks and cesspools is a headache that every homeowner with a septic tank or cesspool. The difference in the structure of the two waste disposal systems determines the ease and speed with which the pumping can be done.  Cesspool Pumping Suffolk County, NY crews, say that in many cases pumping a cesspool is easier than pumping a septic tank all factors constant i.e. both are easily accessible.

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Cesspool vs. septic tank

The working of the two differs in sophistication. The cesspool is a simple concrete or brick lined pit into which waste water drains. The water percolates into the surrounding soil leaving behind the solid non-biodegradable matter. More modern cesspools are biotic allowing for more bio-degradation of waste. Cesspools contaminate their immediate surrounding. If situated in a place where ground water is high, there is a high possibility of contaminating this water. That’s why cesspools are disallowed in some states and allowed under strict permits elsewhere.

Septic tanks work by allowing biodegradation of waste such that it separates into lighter matter called scum that floats on top of non-degradable solid called sludge. Separating the two is a layer of effluent which is allowed to flow out of the tank into a leach field.  The sludge and scum gradually build up but can be pumped out to make room for more waste water. Septic tanks are considered the less harmful option than the cesspools.

Cesspool Pumping

Pumping a cesspool is a simple matter of dropping the pumping into the cesspool pit and running the pump. This is a straightforward matter as many cesspools are left open to encourage evaporation. Depending on the volume of sludge, the pumping usually takes less than an hour for the average household.

Septic pumping Long Island crews say pumping a septic pump is a more difficult task. If the owner cannot place the septic tank underground, the crew will start by looking for it. This can be done by a probe like a crowbar, which is slow. A metal detector can also be used to quicken the search.

After locating the septic tank, the crew has to open the lid which means digging up the soil to get to it. Only then can the outflow pipe be attached to the pump to the pump out port to begin evacuating the sludge.

Septic tank risers

Long Island cesspool service crews say that the time was taken to pump a septic pump can be considerably cut short by installing a riser. This is a concrete or plastic pipe that runs vertically from the septic tank’s pump out the opening to the ground level.

A riser is made to be all weather, so it is usually made from plastic or concrete.  It is typically 8-24 inches in diameter. The length of a riser depends on how far deep it extends to the tank underground.

A riser can cut the time needed to pump an average septic tank, down to almost the time it would need to pump a cesspool with a similar volume of sludge.  A riser allows access even for septic tanks buried deeper than usual like in places where freezing harsh weather calls for deeper protection.