LARGER IMAGE: having a general idea of what septic components are helps you find where they may be locatedHow to Measure the Distance from House to Septic Tank - Find the Septic Tank Location

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Measurements used to find the septic tank:

This article tells us how use measurements to locate a septic tank when it's placement is not already known or when the location of the septic tank is not visually obvious.. This document provides procedures for using measurements to find the septic tank.

When the septic tank needs to be pumped, a regular maintenance task, the cost of that service will be less if the property owner found the septic tank location and perhaps even uncovered the septic tank pumping access cover. Other reasons to find the septic tank include inspecting and testing septic systems when buying a home or for safety, to assure that the septic tank cover is in good condition.

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DISTANCE TO TANK - How To Measure The Possible Distance From House to Tank

Sketch shows how to find the septic tank and seepage pitsVideos showing how to find the septic system, septic tank, & septic drainfield are at SEPTIC VIDEOS.

Also see SEPTIC DRAINFIELD LOCATION - how to find the leach fields.

Find the distance between the septic tank and the building: in our sketch at left we marked the location of waste lines leaving the building and then made measurements accurate to one inch, locating the septic tank center and the onsite seepage pits, by measuring from the center of each of these to prominent site features. Making these measurements at the time of installation of the septic tank and seepage pits made life easier for the next owner.

The steps below address measuring the septic tank location after it has already been installed.

  • Here is the exact septic tank location:
    • By Distance: The septic tank will be located outside the building on an arc formed with its radius distance from the building equal to the length of snake fed into the house drain until it was stopped by an obstruction. Often the septic tank is about ten feet from the building.
    • By Electronic Sensor: The septic tank can be located exactly electronically: Some plumbing contractors can at this point find the exact septic tank location by using a special plumbing snake fed into the main house drain line. An electronic signal is fed into the metal plumbing snake. From outside, a receiver can sense the signal from the plumbing snake. By passing the receiver, a sort of electronic metal detector, over the property surface, the exact path of the snake in the buried drain line can be followed right to the tank.
    • Septic Tank Locating Equipment also see SEPTIC TANK LOCATING EQUIPMENT in this article.

    In cases where this special electronic plumbing snake equipment is not available, we rely on visual clues indoors, at the site, and outdoors in probable septic tank locations, combined with some judicious digging. No we don't need to dig up the entire property. The visual and excavation approach to finding the septic tank continue below.

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