Today we are going to talk about septic tank risers and answer the question, "Are Septic Tank Risers Required?"
The simple answer is "It Depends." In many cases where the septic tank is older and does not currently have a riser it is not necessary for one to be installed. However, new tanks are going to be installed with a riser because they create so much more ease when it comes to locating or working on the septic tank in the future. We would highly recommend you have a riser due to the fact of how much time they save from not having to dig up the tank or search for where it is even located.
Due to the fact that septic tanks are installed under the soil it can make it challenging to find exactly where everything is at. This takes time and money when your system is hard to locate. When a septic services company comes to inspect and pump your tank it can be difficult if there is no noticable location of where your tank is at. Thankfully, when we ad a septic tank riser it makes this process easy and more cost effective due to the fact that less time is spent diagnosing the septic system location.
You might not know what a septic tank riser is and so let me explain a little bit before we get going.
A septic tank riser is a plastic or concrete virtical pipe that extends from the top of the septic tank and it is used for access to the septic tank for inspections or cleanings. The top of the riser sits above ground so it is easy to locate and it prevents any earth material from falling into the tank when the riser lid is opened. It is common to not have risers on older models of septic tanks.
When manufacturers create septic tank risers they make them from durable materials that can stand the test of time in the midst of various environmental conditions in different regions of the world. Some geographic locations have freezing seasons and some are extremely hot all year round. Septic tank riser materials are prepared for all situations. It is common to see a riser between the diameters of eight to 24 inches. When we determine the length of the riser it is going to depend on how deep the septic tank is set in the ground. Once the riser is in place we make sure the lid covers the riser properly and has a secure fit to it in order for it to protect the tank underground. Septic tank risers help a ton when anyone has to service a septic tank.
If you decide to install a septic tank riser it is going to be a very similar process to other types of septic installations.When installing a riser you will first need to know the location of your septic tank and a professional septic technician can easily help you with this process of locating. Once you have located your tank you will now know where the riser needs to go and what size riser you will need. You will measure the necessary diameter and height. Once the dirt is removed around the access cap to the tank you can place your riser over the opening. You will then backfill the soil around the riser pipe and place the lid on top of the riser pipe. Easy as that you have a riser pipe to easily access your septic tank now.