If you have a septic tank, at some point, you’ll need to know exactly where the tank and the major system components are. The rated life of a septic system can be 20-30 years. That’s plenty of time to forget exactly where everything is, and how it’s laid out. If you don’t have the luxury of having a map of your septic system, you may want to create one to improve your septic system safety.
Septic system safety tips – before you begin!
Knowing where your septic tank and drains are can actually help save money, too. If you cannot tell your septic maintenance team exactly where the tank is, they’ll need to look for it. That can take a lot of time. If you know where the tank access is, you can uncover it, which speeds the maintenance process and saves both money and effort.
It also helps to know where the tank access port is for septic system safety, inspection and testing purposes. Examining the tank cover for signs of wear and aging is an essential part of recommended regular maintenance. A leaky tank cover can flood the tank with rainwater runoff, which will upset the biological action of the tank. It could also lead to premature system or septic field failure.
Before you walk around an area that could contain a septic tank, take a close look at the ground. Look for signs of sinking. Other signs of danger include rusted, wooden, damaged or broken tank covers on the surface of the field. On one hand, a tank cover of any kind will likely identify the location of your septic tank. On the other hand, a tank cover in bad condition could spell disaster!
If the tank cover is in bad condition, the tank itself may not be far behind it. Septic system safety is of primary importance here. Putting excess weight on a corroded, weakened or failing tank could cause the tank and the ground around it to collapse. Falling into a septic tank could cause serious injury or death, so if the condition of your tank cover is bad, stop what you’re doing and seek the assistance of septic system professionals immediately. They have the tools and septic system safety training to access, inspect and maintain your septic tank safely.
To schedule service or drain cleaning, please contact us at Clear Drain Cleaning at (330) 343-7146 for all of your drain cleaning and drain maintenance needs.