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269 Orchard Road, Patchogue, New York, 11772




631.758.4171 | 631.476.5484

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Murphy's Cesspool & Septic Services | Long Island, NY | 631.758.4171 | 631.476.5484

269 Orchard Road
Patchogue, New York, 11772

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Murphy's Cesspool & Septic Service

Murphy's is a fully Licensed & Insured Cesspool & Septic Tank Service. We specialize in cesspool maintenance throughout the Long Island Area. Other Cesspool and Septic services include overflows, drywells, grease traps, rain drains, catch basins, & storm drains.

Murphy's Cesspool & Septic Services | Long Island, NY | 631.758.4171 | 631.476.5484
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How to Maintain Cesspools
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A cesspool system or cesspools are underground leaching structures that were built and used for centuries now. A cesspool used to be the main component in the removal of wastewater (also known as blackwater. When cesspools are used as the main drainage component solids and sludge dump directly into the sand at the bottom of the cesspool system. These are well-based septic systems, and they are covered by a top cap usually made of concrete or hard stone. Scum floats to the top forming a layer of solid floatable material which can make the cesspool clogged. Cloggs and over fills are the most common issues that make a cesspool fail and backup. A lot of systems have two cesspools. The second cesspool is an overflow cesspool that is in place to leach water into the sand while the main cesspool handles the solid material. Sometimes older homes have only one cesspool. Suffolk county mostly have a few systems like this. Suffolk cesspool systems run the gambit in regards to the types and variety of drainage systems in use. Although laws change and the use of cesspools in Suffolk county has become a debate. Cesspool service is key to the performance of your cesspool system. Maintenance cesspools using a reputable company. Bad cesspool service and cheap cesspool service, isn't service at all. On Long Island cesspool companies like Murphy's Cesspool and Septic Service are hard at work to ensure that a cesspool not working becomes a functioning cesspool again.

Maintaining a Cesspool System

Below are a few ways to maintain a cesspool. Each method listed has its pros and cons. Suffolk County has specific laws that must be followed, and Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic Service follows all protocols for not only Suffolk County, but all of Long Island Commercial and Residential locations.


Aeration is the chemical approach to cleaning a cesspool. It is completed by pouring sulfuric acid into the well or tank. The sulfuric acid breaks down both solid waste and sludge creating an air passage. Waste is then dissolved the same way you would clean the pipes of your home with a chemical agent. The negative effects of this method of maintenance is that it can harm your cesspool or septic system in the long run.


Hydro-Jetting is illegal in Suffolk County without using the proper regulation precautions in each incorporated village. This should be the first thing to note when considering this approach. Now, the process involves high-pressure water to break up and separate solid waste from the bottom and sides of a cesspool to clean it out through the leach system. Hydro-Jetting is the fastest way to clear a cesspool system, but you must follow all guidelines for Suffolk County regulations. Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic Service urges you to please think of the environment prior to deciding how to maintain your cesspool with any maintenance.

Cesspool Pumping

Pumping your cesspool on a regular basis is a common way to keep the cesspool system at its optimum functionality. Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic is equipped to assist with this process following all Suffolk County guidelines with a Septic truck. This vehicle empties out your cesspool into a large septic storage tank on an industrial truck. The hose used is generally a green color to indicate it is used for waste. Hiring Murphy’s Cesspool & Septice to pump your cesspool every two years is a great practice that can save money in the long run avoiding blockages in your septic system. Cesspools come in a variety of sizes. Small tanks can be pumped once per year. Large industrial tanks can be pumped every 5 years. Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic is a certified professional in the waste management industry following all Suffolk County, and environmental guidelines.

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Proudly servicing the South Shore Long Island area's Cesspool, Septic , and emergency Environmental service needs.

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Preventative Cesspool Maintenance

Managing what is placed in your system is the first line of defense to maintain a cesspool or septic system. Like the human digestive system, there is good bacteria that is necessary to break down solids and waste. When we place certain household chemicals in the system, we can harm a cesspool system as opposed to helping clear it.
Chemicals used in a home such as, ammonia or antibacterial cleansers will kill the good bacteria preventing a sewage system to break down solid matter. Diapers, paper towels, baby wipes, and paper towels are not designed to pass naturally through a septic system. Hard bonded paper is not able to break down as quickly as bathroom tissue paper. This may create a blockage making a regular maintenance necessary more frequently. Cooking grease is another cause of a blockage because it solidifies as it cools and adheres to septic systems similar to the way cholesterol clogs the veins and arteries of a human being in the blood. Avoid putting solid matter or vegetation in your system. This can also cause a blockage within the entire septic system causing a back-up. Although powdered laundry detergent is cheaper in initial cost, the long-term effects of the powder can cause clogging because it forms a clay like substance that clogs a septic system. Therefore, use only liquid detergents if possible although it is costly. Laundry is something that is done regularly, so good practice will maintain the integrity of a healthy cesspool. When running multiple water spots at once it can cause an initial back-up in a septic system. Cesspool & septic systems have limited diameter capacity to pass liquids and solids alike.

Test Your Cesspool System Levels

Septic systems are designed to separate liquid and store the solid waste. They need to be maintained periodically preventing overflows or back-ups. A simple test may be performed using a stick long enough to touch the bottom of your cesspool. When dipped and examined, the sludge level should be one-third or less of the tank height. If the stick shows a higher level than one-third of the cesspool, you will need to have it serviced.

Special Notes on Cesspool Lagoons

Very rarely Suffolk County areas may have a cesspool lagoon. This is located above the ground. This form of septic system appears primarily in areas where the soil cannot support a drain field and municipal sewer systems aren’t available. Waste water is pumped into a shallow lagoon where sunlight and oxygen decompose the waste quickly. Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic Service would like to mention a few steps to follow when maintaining a cesspool lagoon in Suffolk County Long Island. Maintenance It may become necessary to dredge the lagoon using a backhoe if the cesspool Lagoon level approaches the top. Shrubs growing in the cesspool lagoon clog the system hindering the aeration process. It’s important to remove any plant life or leaves which appear in the lagoon while they’re small, or you will eventually have to use a backhoe to maintain your cesspool system. Safety Cesspool lagoons are located outdoors and can be near where children play. Murphy’s Cesspool & Septic Service suggest adding fencing to prevent children or animals from falling in the cesspool lagoon. Make the enclosure large enough to permit mowing. Outdoor cesspool lagoons will need dunks added once per year. These are small disks help prevent the spread of mosquitoes.

Please contact Murphy's Cesspool & Septic Tank Service today for all your cesspool & sanitary needs.

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