Everybody must know where their tank is along with all access lids! If you don’t, how will you be able to look in there to diagnose a problem when one arises? Plus, your pumper doesn’t want to find anddig up access lids all day; – otherwise, our drivers would all quit after one day of it. All access lids need to be exposed prior to our arrival.
- Get a copy of the as-built drawing from the health department or DCS can provide this service for you. It should show the size and location of your septic tank(s) and leach field.
- Measure off the triangulation distances given on the as-built drawing, usually to the center of the inlet chamber lid.
- Dig a 30” diameter hole down to the inlet chamber lid.
- Open the lid and look for the end wall where the 4” sewer pipe comes into the tank from the house.
- Once you determine where the inlet is, measure the distance from the center of the inlet lid towards the opposite end of the tank to locate the outlet lid. The distance between lids will be different for each sized tank: 1000 gallon tank = 6-6.5 ft.; 1250 gallon = 7-7.5 ft.; 1500 gallon = 8.5-9 ft..
- Dig up the outlet chamber access lid.
- If you are extraordinarily lucky, the as-built drawing is accurate and you have hit the lids spot on. If not, keep digging until you find them and correct your drawing.
- If your lids are deeper than 8” below grade, DCS recommends that you install risers to bringthe access up to the surface, or at least to 8”. We can provide the materials and/or install if you prefer.
- Put your as-built drawing, properly revised in your Septic File.