Septic tank riser – A necessity for every home


If you live in a moderately populated area that has a problem with a septic tank, that's no big deal. All you have to do is call the septic service, and they will send someone to solve the problem.

The problem occurs if you do not have a septic tank risers installed and you need to dig a hole in the ground to find the septic tank lids. I had to do that, and I did not like it. I spent the whole afternoon digging 3 feet in my yard to find the surface of my septic tank. The difficulty was not to dig to find the actual upper surface of the tank; the difficult part was to find the lid itself.



Once I reached the surface of the tank, I had to dig into concentric circles to try to find the edge of the lid and then, as soon as I discovered I could remove the lid. The next day, the septic service company came and pumped my septic tank. I immediately had them install a riser for a septic tank.

Dos and Don’ts for a septic tank

  • Discover the location of your septic tank and drainage field. Keep a sketch with the service log for repair visits.
  • Have your septic tank pumped by a licensed company every three to five years.
  • Divert other water sources such as roof drains, house drains and collection pumps away from the septic tank.
  • Keep the septic tank cover easy to get for inspection and pumping.
  • Do not go into a septic tank. Toxic gases are produced by natural treatment processes in septic tanks and can kill within a few minutes.
  • Do not drive or park anyone on any part of the system.
  • Do not use additives for septic tanks.
  • Do not use the toilet as a landfill or pour the sewage system and groundwater into it by pouring harmful chemicals and unused detergents.
  • Do not use a waste management system without consulting your local regulatory authority to ensure that your sewer system contains this additional waste.
  • Do not let household water softeners invade the septic system.

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