Tips on Finding Your Septic Tank

The septic tank is an important part of some homes’ plumbing systems. Located underground, septic tanks collect and hold wastewater, allowing time for solid materials to settle at the bottom. This water is then drained into a nearby drain field.

Wondering how to know where your septic tank is? Below, we cover everything you need to know about finding your septic tank.

Why it’s important to know your septic tank’s location

Over time, septic tanks become filled with solid materials and require pumping. If you don’t routinely pump your septic tank, the solids will eventually form a clog that can damage your entire septic system. Routinely pumping your septic tank will help ensure it lasts long and works efficiently.

Finding your septic tank will also help prevent you from accidentally driving over it. Driving over a septic tank could result in expensive damages and the inability to use your septic system for a long period of time.

How to know where your septic tank is

The easiest way to find your septic tank is by asking the previous owner where it’s located. If this isn’t an option, consider using a septic tank map. Ask your county office if they keep a record of septic tank installations in the area. If they do, you can see if there’s a map of the septic system on your property. Most of these maps provide details and diagrams of the septic tank’s exact location.

Older homes may not have records showing a septic tank’s location. If you come across this problem, try inspecting your property. There are sometimes visual clues as to a septic tank’s location. For example, a high spot in your yard could be a mound of dirt used to bury the septic tank. Especially-green and fast-growing spots of grass could also signal a septic tank’s location.

Another easy way of finding your septic tank is by following the pipes that extend from your home. Follow the main sewer pipe to the spot where it’s buried. Gently poke a metal probe into the ground every 2 feet or so to ensure you’re going the right way. Coming across flat concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene usually means you’ve found your septic tank.

Other ways of finding your septic tank include simply looking for the tank lid or asking neighbors. Once you’ve found your septic tank, be sure to clearly mark it.

Having trouble finding your septic tank?

If you’re still having trouble finding your septic tank, consider contacting an expert. A septic system service in your area may be able to quickly find your septic tank so you don’t have to. It’s always a good idea to have a professional help perform septic tank maintenance as well.

For all your septic system needs, get in touch with the experts at Gullett Sanitation Services, Inc. We specialize in septic systems repairs, maintenance and installations, and our services are available to both residential and commercial property owners. Reach out today to schedule service or arrange a consultation—we look forward to hearing from you soon!