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How to record the location of the septic tank so that it can be located again in the future for pumping, inspection, or maintenance. This article explains how to measure-off and write down the exact septic tank location (or the location of other buried septic system components. Writing down the septic tank location can save trouble and cost when septic system components need to be serviced or repaired in the future.
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This septic tank pumpout article series provides a step by step, photo-illustrated guide to opening, pumping, and inspecting septic tanks, how a conventional septic tank is located, opened, pumped out, cleaned, and inspected.
This guideline is intended for septic pumping tank truck operators and as general information for homeowners or septic service companies concerned with septic system care. Citation of this article by reference to this website and brief quotation for the sole purpose of review are permitted. Use of this information at other websites, in books or pamphlets for sale is reserved to the author. Technical reviewers are welcome and are listed at References.
This is a chapter of Inspecting, Testing, & Maintaining Residential Septic Systems an online book on septic systems.
When the septic tank has been located and its cleanout port found, if one does not already exist, make a drawing
showing just where the tank is located to assist the owner/septic service company in the future.
We measured at a right angle to the garage wall the distance from the wall to the center of the cleanout cover. We recorded that distance (in this case, 78 inches).
Then we measured from the garage rear corner to the point along the wall from which we measured out from wall to tank (in this case, 90 inches.) Since the garage is a fixed site feature, we can easily locate the septic tank cleanout cover again with just these two numbers.
Finally, having recorded the septic tank cleanout cover location, we covered the septic tank cleanout access port with several inches of top soil and re-seeded with grass seed.
"Septic Tank Location - How to Find the Septic Tank" provides additional explanation and illustration of recording the location of septic system components.
Tank and Field Conditions: Inform the owner of the condition of the septic tank and of any indications of leach field failure such as back flow into the tank during pump-down or damaged baffles.
Inform the owner of the approximate level of sludge and scum found in the tank. This information assists in determining the actual tank pumping frequency needed for the property.
Inform the owner if obvious clearance violations were observed between the tank and other site features such as a nearby well - health hazards may be present.
The photo shows the septic service operator recording the results of the septic cleanout on the client's bill.
In addition to telling the client orally of any unsafe or other important conditions observed, the operator must provide exactly the same information in writing. Writing this data clearly on the invoice is often sufficient.
Watch out: Safety: If immediately dangerous conditions exist, such as a missing or unsafe septic tank cover or a collapsing or risk-of-collapsing septic tank, seepage pit, drywell, or cesspool are observed, the operator should close off and prevent access to the area and notify the appropriate people including property occupants, owners, and authorities.
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