How to Locate Your Septic Tank

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How to Locate Your Septic Tank

Locating your septic tank is not the most fun home improvement project, but you should know where your septic tank is, especially when you need septic tank pumping. After your septic tank has been installed, it will blend in with the rest of your property and be invisible. That’s why homeowners need to find out where their tank is located. Septic Blue of Raleigh can help locate the tank.

If you’re planning a septic system replacement, you need to know where your existing septic tank is. This location is crucial for several reasons, and you may need to adjust drainage lines or install them in a different place.

Local Health Department Public Permit Records

Contact your local health department and ask for public permit records. The number of permits issued will tell you how many homes are served by the same septic system, which makes it easier to locate each tank. Your building contractor may be able to provide information about your home’s original construction plans.

Your Building Contractor

To locate your septic tank, contact your building contractor or home's construction documents to find out who installed it. If not possible, records at your town hall or city offices may contain information about who installed the system when it was built. Try contacting local officials and asking them for help locating the septic tank lid.

Locate the Main Sewer Line and Follow It

If the main sewer line is running through your yard, follow it until you reach an elbow joint or stop sign indicating where it connects with other lines to determine where your septic tank is located. Look for signs of concrete or other material that indicate a man-made structure beneath the ground's surface. Also, look for signs of vegetation dying around this area because it may indicate an underground structure is present due to poor drainage conditions caused by these structures blocking water flow from reaching plant roots below ground level.

Use a Metal Probe

Use a metal probe to locate the main sewer line and follow it until you reach the main pipe leading into the ground. Depending on how many homes are connected to this particular sewer line, this may take time and effort.

Inspect the Yard

Inspect the yard where you think the septic tank lid should be located. Look for depressions in grass or dirt dug up recently (within a few weeks). Also, look for small piles of rocks or dirt that might have been used to cover an opening after digging was completed (this usually happens when someone is building a new home).

Locate the Septic Tank Lid

You can also use an electronic locating device to find the exact location of your septic tank lid. These devices use sonar technology that sends sound waves that bounce off solid objects in their path, such as a concrete septic tank lid, and returns information about its location.

Contact the Professionals

Septic tank location is vital because a mistake can result in costly septic tank repair. Septic Blue of Raleigh will locate your tank successfully if you are unable to do so, allowing you peace of mind.

If you can’t locate your septic tank and don’t know anyone who can help, contact a professional plumber like Septic Blue of Raleigh, who can inspect and find your septic tank. We will also be able to determine if there are any leaks in your system so that they can make repairs as needed to keep it functioning properly for years to come!