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How to Locate Your Septic Tank

Septic tanks are responsible for safely storing and managing the wastewater that comes out of your home, so taking care of these systems is very important. Depending on the number of people in your family and the size of your septic tank, your system needs to be pumped every 1-3 years in order to avoid septic tank repairs or premature failure, which means you need to know how to locate it. Unfortunately, finding your tank isn’t always easy, and many plumbers charge extra to locate them, especially when your septic tank lid is buried underground. In this blog, The Plumbing Experts have laid out everything you need to know about finding the septic tank on your property.

Gather Some Helpful Tools

There are a few tools that will make locating your septic tank easier.

All you need to find your septic tank is:

  • A shovel
  • A metal soil probe

Use a Septic Tank Map

If you are a new homeowner attempting to locate your septic tank, a septic tank map should be part of your inspection paperwork. You can use that to help you pinpoint the exact location of your tank. If you don’t have this map, there are a few other tactics you can try.

Start Ruling Areas Out

There are certain regulations that specify exactly where a septic tank cannot be installed in order to prevent serious damage to your property or tank.

Your septic tank will not be:

  • Right next to your well
  • Underneath your home
  • Against your home
  • Under a paved surface such as your driveway
  • Near trees
  • Under structures such as a patio or deck

Inspect Your Yard

Sometimes, a thorough inspection of your yard can help you locate your septic tank much faster.

Key things to look for in your yard include:

  • Extra green grass: When septic tanks are overfilled, sewage can seep out into the ground and act as a fertilizer for your lawn. An extra-green patch of grass is a good indication that your septic tank is right below it.
  • Unexplained puddles: Seriously overfilled septic tanks might cause water to pool up on your lawn. An unexplained puddle of water is another clear sign that your septic tank is below.
  • Uneven ground: Sometimes, when installing septic tanks, installers accidentally create high or low spots on your lawn. If you come across some uneven ground, your septic tank could be right there.

If you find a spot in your yard where your septic tank might be located, use your metal soil probe to find out for sure. When your metal soil probe hits the tank, you can use your shovel to dig up the grass and locate the septic tank lid.

Follow Your Sewer Pipes

One of the easiest ways to find your septic tank is to follow your sewer pipes. These pipes are approximately 4 inches in diameter and are often located in the basement or crawlspace of your home. Once you find where these pipes leave your house, you can follow the pipe across your yard, using your metal soil probe every 2 feet or so until you find the tank.

What to Do Once You Find Your Septic Tank

After finding your septic tank, you should make note of its location on a map of your yard. You should also use something to mark the location of the lid such as a decorative garden feature that isn’t easily moved. A few options include a birdbath, a rock, or a potted plant.

Now you are ready to schedule your septic tank inspection and pumping service!

If you have any more questions about how to find your septic tank, please call The Plumbing Experts at (864) 210-3127.