Installing Septic Tank Risers – No need to Dig Up Septic Tank Lids
Septic tanks are commonly buried deep below the ground surface. As a result, accessing the septic tank can be a time-consuming chore if it needs to be inspected or pumped because of an evident problem with your property’s septic system. However, installing a septic tank riser if you have property in or near Knoxville, TN can allow much easier servicing for your septic system.
According to the InspectAPedia website, septic tanks are buried at varying levels underground. Some tank tops are partially above ground while others may be buried more than six feet deep. Additionally, some property conditions may require that a septic tank is deeply buried.
What is a Septic Tank Riser?
The InspectAPedia website defines a septic tank riser this way:
“A septic tank riser is simply a large diameter round pipe, typically a couple of feet across, that is placed over the septic tank cleanout opening to extend that opening up to close to the ground surface so that the septic pumping company does not have to dig deep into the soil in order to reach the septic tank cleanout cover for pumping and cleaning the tank.”
Tips for Installing Septic Tank Risers
- If your septic tank is buried more than a few inches underground, installing a septic tank riser is highly advisable. This large diameter pipe will provide you with easier access when the tank requires inspection or cleaning.
- A large diameter riser is commonly 24 or more inches. While small 4 or 6-inch diameter risers are cheap and easy to install, they impede access when you need any kind of service for the inlet directing the flow from the house sewer pipe down into the tank. The small diameter risers will cause excessive difficulty when attempting to clean out the scum and sludge layers. So, the smaller, cheaper risers don’t really do much to ease tank service.
- Caution! If a deeply buried septic tank results in your leach field (or drainfield) being deep underground, in a way that the soil trenches are more than a foot underground, there will most likely be a reduction in aerobic bacteria in that soil. The reduction of this “good bacteria” will limit the leach field’s effectiveness in controlling pathogens and other environmental contaminants. Deep leach fields do a less effective job in effluent processing.
However, a deep septic tank does not necessarily mean that the leach field is also deep. There are a few conditions that may require changes in the leach field’s depth. Your professional plumber in Knoxville can guide you when preparing to install a septic tank riser.
- Safety alert! It is very important to make sure that your septic tank riser and other septic tank covers are always closed very securely when not opened for maintenance reasons. Falling into a septic tank can be fatal. This caution is especially true when you have young children in your home that are curious or like jumping on just about any object in your yard. Sadly, a toddler died from falling into a septic tank in 2015.
There are other dangers associated with septic tanks that include septic cave-ins or collapses, methane gas explosion and asphyxiation hazards.
How to Find the Safest Septic Tank Risers in Knoxville
If you are building a new home in the Knoxville, TN area that will have a septic system, or you are facing the replacement of an old septic system, call to talk with the professional plumbers at Knoxville Plumbing. We can give you reliable advice regarding your need for a septic tank riser as well as other aspects of your new septic system and assist you with installing all the necessary safety features.
It is our goal to provide the most innovative and highest quality plumbing services, providing peace of mind for you as our client and us as professionals, while we exceed your expectations of customer service.