If you’re like most people, you enjoy sitting out on your back patio or porch and admiring the landscape – not trying to determine where your septic tank might be located.
But knowing the location of your septic tank can make scheduling routine sewer line cleanouts and maintenance a little easier. Read on to learn more about how to find your septic tank.
Follow the Sewer Line
Purchase a soil probe that you can stick into the ground to find the buried sewer line and septic tank. Go to your basement or crawl space, and look for the sewer line that leads to your septic tank. Look for a pipe that’s roughly 4 inches in diameter that leads away from your house. Remember the location of the pipe so you can find it outside.
Insert the probe into the soil every few feet to find and follow the sewer lines. Most states require that septic tanks sit at least 5 feet from the residence, with many tanks sitting 10 to 25 feet away, so you may have to probe a little further out before hitting the tank.
Inspect Your Property
Sometimes, imperfections in the landscape can tell you where your septic tank sits. Dips in the soil or small hills may indicate something buried underneath. If these dips or hills are located 5 to 25 feet from your property, use your soil probe to locate the septic tank. Since most septic tanks typically sit between 6 inches and 4 feet underground, make sure you probe the soil deep enough – you want to hit something that feels hard like concrete or fiberglass.
Check the Property Records
Contact your local property records office to see if these records list the septic tank location. Unfortunately, the property records of older homes may or may not include this information.
You can also check your home inspection paperwork, or review the house deed to find the septic tank location.
Don’t Try to Fix Septic Tank Issues Yourself
Leave septic tank issues to the professionals. Once you locate the septic tank, contact The Original Plumber so we can perform routine maintenance or assess any issues.
Don’t open the septic tank lid as toxic fumes can cause serious health issues. Falling into a septic tank can lead to injury or death. While it’s useful to know how to find your septic tank, it’s also useful to remain mindful of the health risks involved in opening the tank.
Schedule Septic Tank Maintenance
Regular septic tank maintenance helps prevent sewer backups and costly repairs to your sewer system. Depending on the size of your tank, and the number of people who live in your home, you should plan to have your septic tank pumped out every three to five years.
The Original Plumber provides professional septic tank and sewer system maintenance and repairs. While it’s important to know the septic tank location, it’s not necessary as we have the tools and equipment to find your tank.
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