If you live in a rural part of Maui, you almost certainly have to depend on a septic system or a cesspool to dispose of waste. Your home is connected to either one of these systems, but the differences between them are important to recognize. Both break down waste and need to be pumped when they fill up, but cesspools are an older method of taking care of waste that may soon disappear from the island forever.
Newer Homes Must Have Septic Systems
The newest homes constructed away from municipal sewer systems are built with septic systems instead of cesspools. Because cesspools can pollute groundwater and cause other problems, laws were passed years ago that stopped the construction of new cesspools. So, if your home was built after 1993, it almost certainly has a septic system already in place. Older homes will probably use cesspools, unless you can find records of septic systems being installed at some point. Public records may be available with the local government.
Is My Home Connected to a Sewer System?
You can rule both a septic system and a cesspool out if you get billed for sewer services as part of your utility bill. Some homes in semi-rural areas might still be connected to the larger sewer system, so check your water bill. If you find no charge, a septic or cesspool system is taking care of what goes down your drain and what gets flushed.
Get Professional Help Through Maui Pumping
You shouldn’t go digging holes in your yard to look for your waste management system, so leave identifying your system to the pros. Call or schedule an appointment with Maui Pumping today. The technician that arrives may be able to teach you a lot more about your property than you knew before, including the size of your septic tank, how full it is, and how to maintain the system.