If you rely on a septic tank to house sewage waste produced within your home, then you know how important regular maintenance and cleaning can be when it comes to ensuring your septic tank functions properly. In order to care for your septic tank, you will need to excavate the tank to make repairs, replace a faulty tank, or have your tank pumped out regularly. The first step in the excavation process is locating the septic tank so you know where to dig, a task which can be challenging.
Here are three tips you can use to help you locate your underground septic tank with ease.
1. Look for a vent pipe.
Many septic tanks feature a vent pipe that protrudes from the ground slightly. These pipes are typically made from white PVC pipe and can be spotted fairly easily. The vent pipe lets you know the general area in which your septic tank is buried, but you will still have to do a bit of excavating in order to uncover the tank in its entirety to inspect for needed repairs.
If your home’s septic tank is buried beneath a lawn or other landscaping feature, there may not be a vent pipe. This means that you will need to resort to more creative methods for finding your septic tank prior to beginning the excavation process.
2. Follow the main septic line from your home.
When there is no visible vent pipe, you can use your home’s main septic drainage pipe as a guide to help you locate your underground tank. Start by looking in the basement of your home to identify where the main drainage pipe exits the building.
Dig a narrow trench over the top of this pipe, and continue digging along the pipeline until you reach your septic tank. This method will require some additional effort and a little extra digging, but can be an effective way to locate your underground septic tank when there is no visible vent pipe.
3. Pull your home’s septic installation permit.
If the idea of digging a trench through your yard isn’t appealing, you can always rely on the permit issued when your home’s septic system was installed to help you locate your underground tank.
A visit to your city offices should allow you to obtain a copy of the original permit. You can use the drawings on the permit to get an idea where the tank was originally installed, and then you can narrow your search to that area by digging a series of test holes until you locate the septic tank.
Excavating an underground septic tank is not difficult once you have located the tank itself. Try looking for a vent pipe, following the main drainage line out of your home, or using the original installation permit as a guide the next time you need to locate and dig up your underground septic tank. For more information, contact local professionals like Haas Construction.