Responsible Waste Disposal: At Mahopac Septic we dispose of your waste safely and legally. We are dedicated to environmental compliance to help reduce your potential liability.
Personal Contact: At Mahopac Septic you will always be greeted by our friendly staff during business hours. After business hours you can reach our answering service and we will promptly return your call.
Septic Tank: The contents of the septic tank should be pumped every two to three years. If the tank is not cleaned periodically, the solids are passed into the absorption field; rapid clogging occurs; premature failure follows, and finally, the absorption field must be replaced.
Cesspool: Cesspools are precast or concrete block and in some cases stone cylinders. They have closed tops, open bottoms, and holes in the side walls. Some older septic systems consist of only a cesspool.
Dry-well: The contents of a dry-well is usually water from a laundry system, perhaps the effluent for a sump pump, the foundation footing drains, roof runoff, and sometimes shower and sink drains. This is completely separate from the septic system, and often referred to as the site for the gray water.
Grease Tank: A grease tank is physically the same as a septic tank, but is usually used in a restaurant type setting in conjunction with a septic tank. The tank collects the grease and prevents it from entering the system.
Distribution Box: Serves to distribute the flow from the septic tank evenly to the absorption field or seepage pits. It is important that each trench or pit receive an equal amount of flow. This prevents overloading of one part of the system.
Absorption Field: A system of narrow trenches partially filled with a bed of washed gravel or crushed stone into which perforated or open joint pipe is placed. The discharge from the septic tank is distributed through these pipes into the trenches and surrounding soil. The subsurface absorption field must be properly sized and constructed to assure satisfactory operation and a long life.
Seepage Pit: A covered pit with a perforated or open-jointed lining through which the discharge from the septic tank infiltrates into the surrounding soil. It is generally installed in sandy or gravel-type soils. Like the absorption field, the seepage pit also must be properly sized and constructed. While seepage pits normally require less land area to install, they should be used only where absorption fields are not suitable and well water supplies are not endangered.