Photo of septic tank sludge and scum layer being broken up prior to septic tank cleanout (C) D FriedmanHow to Close the Septic Tank & How to Record the Septic Tank Location

  • CLOSE the SEPTIC TANK - CONTENTS: Last steps in septic tank cleanout, pumpout, & inspection
    • How to Safely Close the septic tank after cleaning, testing, or inspection.
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How to close the septic tank - restoring a save access cover to septic tank cleanouts & inspection ports.

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.

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How to Close the Septic Tank (safely & without leaks) after inspection or cleanout

PHOTO of the septic tank cleanout cover. PHOTO of the septic tank cleanout cover being replaced.

When inspection of the septic tank is complete, the cover is replaced and the operator should make sure that the cover is sound and secure against falling-in.

The first photo above shows that this septic tank cover is in good condition and ready for re-use.

Septic Tank Cover Replacement Safety Warnings

But when replacing the septic tank cover, be sure that your tank cover is un-damaged, that it seals against any significant surface or ground water entering the septic tank, and most important, be sure that the septic tank cover is securely set in place so that it cannot be tipped, moved, or opened by a child. Loose septic tank covers risk a fatal septic-tank fall-in.

The second photo shows the operator replacing the septic tank cover. Notice that he has placed his feet carefully and securely so as to avoid slipping while replacing the cover.

PHOTO of how to record measurements to locate the septic tank cleanout cover.

A Photographic Guide to Pumping a Septic Tank

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Before Covering the Septic Tank Access Cover, Record the Location (so that it can be found again)

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.

The photo shows how we measured from a nearby garage wall to the septic tank cleanout cover.

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).

PHOTO of how to record measurements to locate the septic tank cleanout cover.

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.

PHOTO of how to record measurements to locate the septic tank cleanout cover.

We also buried a square of yellow plastic right at the tank cover so that when excavating it in the future we'll readily see that we've found the right location.

PHOTO of how to record measurements to locate the septic tank cleanout cover.

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.

Provide the results of what was learned during septic tank pumpout and issue any appropriate Safety Warnings to Owners

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