If you’ve recently purchased a home with a septic system, it’s important to know where the septic tank is located for maintenance. The first time you schedule a septic tank pumping, your technician will need to know where your tank is located to begin the process. Additionally, it’s a good idea to know where your tank and drain field are located to keep on the lookout for seepage, flooding, or any other issues. To help find your septic tank, check out the post below.
Typical Septic Tank Placement
There are some requirements for septic tank placement that can help you locate your tank. Your septic tank must be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home, so it will never be placed right next to your home. However, it will typically be within 25 feet of your home. It will not be too close to a gas line, water line, phone line, or electrical cable, so if you know where those lines are located, you can be sure your tank is not nearby. Your tank will also be near your drain field, so it will be located in an area with proper soil consistency. These factors can narrow down your search for your septic tank.
How to Find Your Septic Tank
Look for Visual Clues
There are a few different indicators that you might notice on your property that will indicate the location of your septic tank. Obstructions such as large rocks, streams, or property boundaries will indicate that the tank is located elsewhere. You might notice especially lush grass near your septic system, as the waste treated in the drain field often acts as fertilizer. If there are unexplained high or low spots in your yard, they could indicate a buried septic tank. Finally, your septic tank lid might be visible from the surface, indicating the septic tank underneath.
Consult a Map
The most straightforward way to locate your septic tank is to use a map. Most counties keep records of each septic tank installation. Within these records, you’ll find a map with diagrams that will reveal the location of your tank. These diagrams will be complete with dimensions that will allow you to measure to find the exact spot where your septic tank is located. When using the map, be sure to consider landmarks that might have changed since the initial installation. When you use a map to find your septic tank, you should be able to measure your property to find the exact location.
Use the Pipes
Your plumbing is connecting to your septic tank, so using your pipes can help direct you to your septic tank. In your basement or crawl space of your home, there will be a 4-inch sewer pipe. Using a thin metal probe, follow the pipe under the ground by sticking the probe into the ground where the pipe is located. Probe every two feet or so while following the pipe. Once you feel the probe striking flat concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene, you have located your septic tank. Most septic tanks are located 10-25 feet away from your home, and they cannot be closer than 5 feet away from your home. Use these guidelines to help you understand when you’re getting close to the tank during the probing process.
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