What Is a Septic Tank Riser?

When you think about your septic system, thoughts of tanks and pipes probably come to mind. You might even imagine the drainfield, where wastewater moves through the surrounding soil or gravel. 

But what about the lid on the septic tank opening? 

It may seem like an ordinary component, but it can significantly affect overall septic are and maintenance.

This is especially true if the lid has a septic tank riser, one of the most useful structures you can add to your septic system.

 

THE ISSUE WITH STANDARD SEPTIC TANK LIDS

The septic tank lid is one of the most important parts of a septic system. Not only does it stop waste and odors from entering the ground, but it protects your family, too.

There’s just one issue, though. Septic tank lids can be difficult to locate. They’re typically installed just below the ground’s surface, which reduces their visibility.

For most folks, this is desirable. Yet, when it comes time for routine pumpings or inspections, an inconspicuous lid can slow down the process. Your septic technician will need to search for the septic tank, especially if you’re a new owner and unsure where it’s located.

Plus, lids below ground level aren’t very accessible. It can be difficult and time-consuming to perform routine tasks like pumping and maintenance.

 

WHAT IS A SEPTIC TANK RISER?

A septic tank riser is a plastic or concrete pipe that’s vertically installed in a septic tank opening. The pipe is high enough to reach ground level, providing an accessible outlet to the tank.

Most risers are 8 to 24 inches wide. The length, however, depends on the location of your septic tank in relation to ground level. It will need to be long enough to connect the two.

The riser also has a lid, which is visible above the ground’s surface. This offers an easy route of access for septic technicians. As a result, your technician can perform important tasks in the most efficient manner possible.

 

ARE THERE DOWNSIDES OF SEPTIC TANK RISERS?

There are some disadvantages to septic tank risers. However, as you’ll soon see, the pros outweigh the cons.

For example, many homeowners are concerned about the cost of installing a riser. But luckily, the installation process is a one-time investment. Once you pay for the supplies and labor, you won’t have to spend money on the riser again.

Besides, the savings will surpass the cost. If your tank is accessible, technicians can complete routine procedures with ease. This will save time — and money — during future appointments, including inspections and pumpings.

There’s also the potential issue of aesthetics. For some homeowners, the visibility of a septic tank riser is unappealing. This issue can be amended by installing the riser just a few inches under the ground surface. A light layer of soil and grass can then be added on top.

If you’re concerned about your lawn’s appearance, let your septic technician know. They can examine your lawn and suggest the best process to suit your needs.

 

YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC TO RISE TO THE OCCASION

Despite the many benefits of septic tank risers, they’re not a standard part of a septic system. This is especially true for older septic tanks.

You’ll be glad to know that Paradise Valley Septic can install a riser on your septic tank. We can also install other types of structures, like water retention systems, that benefit your overall septic system.

Our team of expert technicians has proudly served the Phoenix area for more than 18 years. We know what it takes to help your septic tank thrive in the Arizona desert.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Call us at (480) 607-7763 or fill out our online form.

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