Why Your Septic System Should Be Accessible

One of the biggest benefits of a septic system is that it is nicely easy to manage.

Installing your septic tank is arguably the hardest and most complicated aspect of utilizing a septic system. Although opting for a poly tank as opposed to a dated concrete tank will make the job easier. And once it’s in place, maintaining the system can be a stress-free endeavor for years to come.

However, septic tank emergencies can pop up from time to time, and you will also want your tank to be readily accessible for long-term maintenance tasks such as pumping or septic inspections.

And when these instances occur, you want to ensure that your tank and the surrounding area are readily accessible. The professional who comes out to address your system needs to access the tank, drainage field, pipes, and other fixtures.

So with this in mind, take a look at the following guidelines to ensure your septic tank is readily accessible for maintenance or repairs. By making the tank easy to access, you can save time and money when services are required down the road.


Areas to Keep Accessible for Septic System Repairs

The Lid

The lid to your septic tank should be somewhat visible, clearly marked, and free of debris.

It’s not uncommon for this area of the septic system to be prone to weeds and overgrowth, simply because of the nutrient-rich soil underneath.

But by knowing exactly where the lid is located, and by keeping this small patch of the lawn neat with minimal plant growth, it will be easy for professionals to access the tank itself.


The Drainage Field

Professionals who suspect a broader maintenance issue with your septic system may want to examine your surrounding drainage field to ensure that the waste water released into the environment is filtering properly.

As such, it’s important to keep this area free of large landscaping additions. This includes shrubs, trees, fountains, or other large décor items. It even includes any equipment, like old vehicles, small sheds or other bulky items that may be difficult to move.

Keeping heavy items off the drainage field is a good rule of thumb regardless, as the added pressure to the field can affect the overall lifespan of your system.


The Fixtures, and the Tank Itself

Chances are, you will have several pipes that lead from your household’s main plumbing system to the tank itself.

Whenever possible, make sure you know how to get to these pipes from the inside or outside of the home, (via crawl spaces, basements, or other routes). This way, you can guide a professional who may need to tackle a tough drainage issue that starts within the home.

It’s also helpful to know where your main water line is located, and to keep it clear of debris so you can easily turn water on or off to the home if there is a leak present.


Maintaining a septic system can be easy. If you are unclear as to where any specific elements of your system are located, a professional can certainly help fill in the blanks. On the whole, however, by keeping your yard clear of debris, you can ensure that your tank is accessible now, as well as for years to come.

As we near true winter, if you missed our last post about caring for your septic system in the cold, check it out now!


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Why Your Septic System Should Be Accessible
Keeping your septic system accessible will save time and money for maintenance tasks or potential repairs. Here’s how to provide easy access to your system.

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