Finding the lids to your septic tank can be a hassle, not to mention difficult. Most people would rather not have their yard dug up to search for access points to their tank. While a septic company can do the digging for you, it can end up being pretty expensive and disrupt your landscaping.
A septic tank riser is essentially a large diameter pipe and can be made of plastic, fiberglass, or concrete. The pipe extends to ground level from the openings of your septic tank and allows easy access for inspections and pumping/cleaning. The lid is either left exposed to the elements or covered by a layer of soil to make it less of an eye sore on your property.
Depending on the county and state, risers may or may not be required to be present. Local regulations may also require locks and tamper resistant lids for safety reasons. Uncovered risers can be very dangerous, especially to children and animals. Our company can help you determine the best option for your location and circumstances.
Changes to your system will need to be inspected by the county health department.
Ultimately, risers will prevent uprooting your landscaping to search for the septic tank during normal maintenance and pumping every couple of years. They will also make it easier for your septic company to pump and clean the tank with easy access.
If you’re wondering what it will cost to install risers on your system, it can depend on the materials the risers are made of (concrete is more expensive). You can expect to pay several hundred dollars, but we can offer a more accurate estimate upon an inspection.
Despite the investment, the out of pocket costs will be well worth it over the life of your system and eliminate the hassle of searching for the tank each time it’s pumped or repaired.
If your tank doesn’t yet have risers it’s best to call a licensed septic company to come inspect and evaluate your system. It would be beneficial to make sure your tank and drain field are in good working order and not close to needing a replacement before making the investment into installing risers.
Ultimately, risers will save you plenty of frustration and money when it comes to maintenance, repairs, and inspections. We’ve never had a customer regret it!
There are below, above, and at grade options to meet the needs and preferences of all customers.
Yes, as long as the manufacturer’s guidelines are being followed, a secure lid will ensure the area is safe. Depending on the manufacturer, sometimes additional safety features.
The most common size is 24” in diameter but other sizes are also available.
A standard lid is acceptable for light foot traffic and a small riding mower. A septic contractor will advise you on the need for a heavy duty lid, which can undergo more stress than a standard one.
Once you get an accurate estimate, the septic company (hopefully us!) will come to your property and use a probe to locate the access ports to the septic tank. The technician will dig as little as possible in order to uncover the tank openings. The riser will be installed and the dirt filled back in. The process is fairly straightforward.
We recommend only allowing a licensed septic contractor access the tank because it can be hazardous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
At Septic & Drainfield Depot, we understand the ins and outs of your septic system. Our skilled technicians have delivered exceptional services to our customers over the years, from excavating old systems to replacing septic tanks and everything in between. Let us make pumping and maintenance easier and less damaging to your yard by installing risers for easier access. With a free estimate from our company, you can’t go wrong. Call today to get started!