Septic tank lids can be difficult to locate. Even if you have a map of your septic system, you may need to dig around a bit before you can find your tank for maintenance and repairs. Tank lids that are placed well below ground level help keep your family safe, but they are often inaccessible when it comes to performing routine tasks.
If you’re willing to sacrifice a tiny bit on aesthetics, you would be wise to install a septic tank riser. These useful structures allow you to save time and money on septic tank maintenance.
What is a Septic Tank Riser?
A septic tank riser is a vertical pipe installed in the septic tank opening. It’s usually made of plastic or concrete and reaches high enough to break ground level. A septic tank riser makes it easier to find and access your septic tank, which helps with efficiently performing maintenance.
Most septic tank risers are between 8 and 24 inches wide, with a height that depends on the depth of your septic tank in the ground. The lid should generally be visible above the ground’s surface.
What are the Advantages of a Septic Tank Riser?
Aside from ease of maintenance, a septic tank riser can help you save money. Septic professionals can complete tasks faster when they don’t have to take time to dig and locate the tank.
The installation is a one-time process, so you won’t need to spend money on the riser again once it’s there. The savings from easier and faster maintenance will likely surpass the cost of installing the riser.
Most newer tanks have risers to allow for easier location and inspection. If you are buying a septic tank, you should get one with risers to facilitate future maintenance. You’ll thank yourself later!
Are There any Downsides to Installing a Septic Tank Riser?
The main downside of a septic tank riser is that it’s visible above ground. Luckily, this problem is easy to fix. Homeowners can choose to install the riser a few inches beneath the ground’s surface, with a layer of soil and grass on top. You may want to talk to your septic service provider about the best solution for your yard.
Installing a riser does cost money, but it generally won’t require maintenance. In most cases, the maintenance savings will surpass the cost of installing the riser. This is always a good idea if you’ve had issues locating your access points in the past, or if they are significantly far underground.
How Do I Install a Septic Tank Riser?
An expert septic services technician can help you install a riser for your septic tank. By calling a professional, you will ensure that the riser is installed safely and will work well for future maintenance.
If you live in Snohomish, Kitsap, Island, or North King counties, you can call Ace Acme to help you install a riser or any other components of your septic system. We also provide septic pumping, repair, and maintenance service. As a family-owned company, we have been serving our local community for three generations.