A well-hidden septic tank doesn’t need to be buried too deep. Since nobody wants to make a big spectacle of their waste management system, septic tanks are usually buried so that even their lids are hard to find. This makes it hard for new move-ins to find their septic tanks, but it’s better than having the whole thing out in the open.
Septic Tanks are Usually Buried Near the Surface
Septic tanks need to be accessed by trucks in order to be pumped. To make pumping easier, tanks are usually buried just a few inches or a couple of feet underground. Larger tanks are buried in deep holes, but their lids still need to be accessed.
Are Septic Tanks Buried Near the House?
If you own a house with a septic tank, the tank won’t be buried too far away. Ten to Twelve feet is a common distance for septic tanks, since there isn’t really an advantage to burying them any further away. They aren’t buried right next to homes or beneath homes because that would make maintenance and pumping far more difficult, and would likely weaken a home’s foundation.
If you are trying to find your septic tank, you should identify where the main sewer line out of your house is, and which way it points. The septic tank is usually buried in a straight line at the end of the sewer pipe. Still having trouble? Contact us today for a Septic Locating service. We know how to locate your septic tank and can recommend maintenance and schedule other services too.
Do Septic Tanks Have to be Buried?
To keep repulsive smells contained, septic tanks are always buried. The drain system needs to be buried as well to process wastewater effectively. Homes on uneven ground may have tanks buried deeper to prevent damage from erosion and ensure the whole system is covered. Septic tank lids that can’t be buried inconspicuously are often covered with decorative fake rocks or other disguises.