01:39PM | 10/19/03
Member Since: 10/17/03
1 lifetime posts
I recently purchased a home in East Hampton, New York (Long Island). The house was built in the late 1970s. My wife asked me today whether we have a cesspool or septic tank/system. I have no idea. For the record, I see no problems right now (knock on wood) - no wet areas on my property, greener grass (no grass at all, actually), or bad smells. I'm just curious how I can tell what my sewage system is; is there a way I can tell from the pipes in my basement? Additionally, whatever I do have, what is the proper care of either?


06:05AM | 10/20/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Did you have the house inspected prior to move in? That would have been one of the first things I wanted inspected! I have only had a septic tank and field. I am unaware what the cess pool consists of. Either way though you should be able to go to your county health department and pull a copy of the approved permit. I had to do this to find out where my tank was located.

I'm not sure if every county does this or not, but it is an easy place to start.

If this doesn't pan out, just call a septic service and tell them your dilemma. I'm sure they would come out with a metal rod and poke around to find your tank. It will probably be close to the house where the pipe exits the house (if it's a septic tank).

If you have a septic system you are probably past due to have it pumped.

Good luck,



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