Check your yard for evidence of the septic tank
One of the most efficient methods to find the septic tank is to simply stroll around your home. Septic tanks are usually located by looking for evidence of a massive buried object in your backyard. One possible indicator is an enormous divot or a hill that usually occurs when the first hole for a septic tank was too small or large in size, or both.
Additionally, look for areas on the lawn which are sloppy and difficult to cultivate grass or plant on. If there's not a substantial amount of soil over the tank, you can be sure that the area is prone to a lack of plants. If these methods don't work and the smell of the untreated septic tank will grow until it is able to locate it by the smell.
There are a few places in which you don't have to look. In general, a septic tank will not be placed in or near an irrigation system for wells, and they're seldom buried beneath pavements, such as sidewalks, patios or driveways. It is also possible to exclude areas that are near to any significant landscape or yard feature for example, pools.
Locate the lid of the septic tank with soil probe
Septic tanks are equipped with two or one lid dependent on whether they're only one or two compartments for separating and filtering down waste materials. The lids are usually pushed away to the tank's main one, and they are often located using an soil probe (which is an extremely efficient septic tank locator tool).
It is also possible to make use of a piece or Rebar or any other long and narrow piece of material that is strong enough to break through the soil with little effort. No matter what you decide to employ the probe you should be at minimum 4 feet long. Be careful not to push the probe into the ground while you're probing as you may harm the septic tank's lid.
However what is the depth of the sewer tank? The problem is that septic tank builders don't always bury each tank to the same depth. Therefore, your tank may be submerged as little as a foot below the surface or covered with more than four inches of dirt.
It is recommended to utilize a hammer to aid in driving the probe into the earth to locate deep-buried tanks. Metal detectors can be employed to find septic tanks. It might even be able to detect metal handles on lids of septic tanks, which will reduce the scope of your probe.
If you spot that tank in the first place, you can mark it by putting up a lawn ornament or small marker or measure the distance between the two corners near your house. Keep the information to refer to later.
When you locate your home's sewer line , and the location it exits from the house it is likely to have the possibility of having a cap removed. This is the place where a cleanout of the line connecting from the home with the tank for septic found.
In many cases, there will also be a cleaning area close to the outside of the home. Look for a cap which could be exposed. The cap leads to the 'Y' fitting, which joins the sewer line, which will lead towards the septic tank.