Your septic tank is full of waste that can be hazardous to you and your family. The last thing you want is for someone to fall into your septic tank or for the smell of the tank to permeate the air around your home. That’s why the lid on your septic tank is so important. If it’s broken, not only does it create a safety hazard, it can make it difficult for us to perform septic tank repair. If you’re in need of a new septic tank lid, here are the basic steps to replacing it before trying to call for septic tank services.
Find the Lid
The first step in replacing your septic tank’s lid, aside from knowing how a septic tank works, is to find it. Reading our post, How to find your septic tank lid, will come in handy. You may know exactly where the lid is, or you may not. You may have documents from your purchase of the home that indicate where the tank is located, or the previous owners may have told you. You can also look at where the large, main pipe runs out of your house and follow it. No matter what method you use to find your septic tank, once you do, you need to determine where the lid is. In older tanks, it’s right in the middle. In newer ones, you may have a lid in the center at either end.
Reveal the Lid
Once you have an idea of where the lid is, you need to dig it up. You can use any basic shovel for this. The lid can be buried as far as four feet underground, so be ready to do some digging. Most septic tank lids are 24 inches across, and you’ll need to leave a foot or more of space around the lid so you have room to work. In some cases, the septic tank lid will actually be above ground, so you won’t have to dig it out at all. Just remove any vegetation and other debris from around it so you have space to work.
Get the Correct Replacement Lid
While many septic tank lids are 24 inches or two feet wide, some are a little smaller. You’ll want to find the lid and measure it before you purchase the replacement, so you know exactly what size you need. You will also need to know the type of material the lid is made from (most likely concrete or PVC). If your lid is concrete, you may want to replace it with one made from PVC because this material is more waterproof.
Replacing the Lid
Now that you have the replacement lid, it’s time to remove the old one. This may require a pry bar, especially if the lid is a heavy concrete one. In fact, you may even need a backhoe to remove a concrete lid. After you have opened and removed the lid, you will need to very closely follow the instructions that came with the new one. It is vital that your septic tank lid seal shut correctly. Otherwise, you may have fumes escape from the lid, or the lid could even cave in. After you have the new lid installed, close it and reopen it to make certain it seals like it should and fully shuts. If you’re certain the lid is installed correctly, shut it and rebury it if needed.
Skip the Work and Call Us
Replacing a septic tank lid isn’t something most people have done before, so we fully understand if you want to leave it up to us. As professional septic repair and maintenance experts, Septic Masters, LLC, is here to replace your septic tank lid and handle any other repairs you may need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.