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How To Find A Buried Septic Tank Lid And What To Expect When The Tank Is Cleaned Out

The first time you have your septic tank pumped, you may not know what to expect. Pumping a septic tank is usually a quick job, and there shouldn't be too much disturbance to your property. You can prepare in advance by locating the tank lid if it's hidden in the yard. Here are some tips for finding a buried tank lid and what to expect when you have your tank pumped.

How To Find Your Septic Tank Lid

Hunting down the lid before the pumping contractor arrives isn't essential, but it could save some money if you have to pay the contractor to find the lid for you. Look outside your home for the main drain pipe exit and follow it in a straight line to find the tank. Insert a probe into the soil every few feet as you walk, and when you hit something solid, you'll know you've found the tank. By probing the soil with a rod, you'll be able to outline your tank. This is useful information to know as the homeowner so you can avoid driving over that area or planting trees near it in the future.

Once you've found the tank, the lid is fairly easy to find since lids are usually in the middle of the tank. Use a shovel to remove the top layer of sod and soil to find where the lid is located. Septic tanks are designed to be out of sight, but when the tank is covered with grass, it's easy to forget where the lid is located. You may want to install a marker of some type so you can find the lid more easily when the tank needs to be cleaned again in a few years.

How Septic Tank Pumping Works

Once you find your tank lid, just remove the soil from it but do not open it. The contractor takes care of everything else. The pump truck will probably be left on the street or your driveway to spare your yard when possible. A long hose is used to pump out the contents of your tank while the contractor mixes the sludge to make sure all of the contents are removed. The components of the tank are also usually checked to make sure the tank is functioning properly. Once your tank has been pumped out, it should last a few years before it needs to be serviced again. The frequency of cleaning depends on the size of your household and the size of the tank.

For more information, contact a septic tank pumping company.