The Dangers of Not Knowing Where Your Septic System Access Is

Every septic system needs to be pumped for it not to overflow and damage your yard or property. So if you don’t know where the access to the septic system is, this can put your home in danger. Here are some easy steps to follow to find your septic system so you can avoid the danger of not knowing where your septic system access is.

Find a Map

If you’ve just moved into your home and are not familiar with the property, you might not have any clue where the access point to your septic system is. Almost all septic components are buried four inches to four feet underground. Every county saves records for every septic system installed and should have a map with diagrams showing the exact spot on your property where your septic tank is located. This map should also be included in your home inspection paperwork, so if you’ve just purchased the property, the map should be easy to find.

Follow the Pipe

Every septic system is installed along a sewer line that extends from your house into your yard. If you have a basement or a crawl space, there will be a four-inch pipe which will point the direction of your septic tank. You can use a thin metal probe inserted into that pipe to find your tank. Most systems are located about 10-25 feet from houses and can’t be closer than five feet. When you feel the probe hitting a solid surface, you’ve located your tank.

Find the Lid

Septic tank lids are rectangular and are about 5 feet by 8 feet. Do not try to remove the lid yourself. Fumes from septic tanks can be toxic and leaving a tank uncovered can be extremely dangerous. Professionals have special equipment to remove the lid.

Once you’ve located your system, contact Affordable Pumping Services for any questions about your septic tank and to get on a regular pumping schedule.