So, you’ve moved into a new house. Congratulations! This is an exciting time for any family. But before you paint the walls and plant the garden, it’s essential to know the foundation of your home.
This includes learning where your septic system is located. As a homeowner, this knowledge will help you keep an eye out for problems. Your system, after all, is vital for daily activities like flushing the toilet and washing the dishes. It’s what makes a home feel like a home.
Here are four ways to locate your tank:
HOW TO FIND YOUR SEPTIC TANK
1. Check the Property’s Records
The county must issue a permit for every septic system installation. A record of the permit is often kept with a map of the tank’s layout and location.
Usually, home inspection paperwork includes these diagrams. But if the septic tank was installed more than 20 years ago, a map might not even exist. This could also be the case if the system was installed before your county required visual layouts.
2. Ask Around
Ask your neighbors about their septic tanks; your system might be in a similar spot. (It’s the perfect conversation starter, too.)
A local septic professional is always the best person to ask, though. They might have even worked on your system in the past.
3. Look for Clues
Depending on the age of your home and septic tank, you might be able to find visual clues.
First, tanks shouldn’t be too close to a building, well, or stream. If your home is on a hill, the system might have been installed downhill to move waste with gravity.
If there’s a bald spot on your lawn, a septic tank might have been buried close to the surface. Unexplained lush grass may point to a failing drainfield, and therefore, a nearby septic tank.
4. Follow the Pipes
The house’s sewer line will eventually lead to the septic tank. Check the basement and look for the sewer pipe, which can point you in the right direction.
Outside, carefully use a metal probe to find the sewer line. Follow it through the yard, gently poking every two feet. The lid of the septic tank can be anywhere from five to 25 feet away.
Never try to open a septic tank. Leave it to the experts, such as our team at Paradise Valley Septic.
WE’LL GET YOUR SEPTIC TANK READY FOR YOUR FAMILY.
As you settle into your new home, a septic system is probably the last thing you want to look for.
Paradise Valley Septic can show you where your septic tank is located. We can also do a septic system inspection to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
Besides, you’ve got a house to make your own. Contact us today and we’ll take care of your septic maintenance needs.