Finding the Septic Tank, at my Summerfield Home, can Be Harder than You Think?

The septic tank is the most important part of your Summerfield home or office. It is often assumed that locating something as large as a septic tank is easy and keep track of.  However, it is underground and can easily be completely covered up.  The location of the septic tank can be forgotten or not known, especially if you are not the original owner of your Summerfield home.  At present, you may not even have any idea where to begin searching for your Summerfield home’s septic tank.

A large property can make the search more problematic.  Unfortunately, the search area can be rather large depending on the size of the property.  Brantley Septic is fully cognizant of the potential difficulties involved with septic system ownership in Summerfield, NC, particularly when the location of the tank is unknown.  Our experiences have provided us with astute insight to resolve issues of this sort for Summerfield home and business owners.  We have some tips that we believe help in the search and eventual location of the ever-allusive septic tank.  There remains the best option of contacting Brantley Septic and letting us do the chore for you. (252) 478-3721

From Your Summerfield Property, Follow the Sewer System Pipes

The most common method of septic tank installation is Parallel installation, which allows the tank and drainfield to be parallel to the sewer line stretching from your Summerfield property.  First things first, locate a 4-inch sewer pipe, In the basement or crawl space of your home, signifying the point at which the septic system exits the house.   Second, slowly follow the pipe across the yard taking careful note of its path.  This can be done by using the process of probing the ground every 2 feet or more to locate the lid.  Finally, the septic tank is should not be any closer than 5 feet from the house according to city codes and regulations.  However, it may be as far as 10 and 25 feet away.

Make Sure to Check and Review Durham County Records

Checking and reviewing Durham county records is extremely helpful, especially if you are not the original property owner.  Most counties maintain records of building permits, including the installation of septic systems for every property.  More often than not, the records will contain a diagram with dimensions showing the location of the septic tank on the property.

Furthermore, before purchasing the property, a home inspection was done, and it may contain a diagram of the septic system.  What are you looking for? In the drawing are the relative orientations of the tank and your house, along with the distance from the tank to the side of the house from the point of exit.  Take special attention to landmarks, around your Summerfield property, because they tend to change over time.

Schedule Regular Maintenance for Your Summerfield Property

Despite the luck in locating your septic tank, contact Brantley Septic to schedule complete maintenance and inspection for your Summerfield home or commercial property and make it a recurring appointment.  Please do not try to open the tank yourself, it is not safe.  Due to the weight of concrete septic tank lids, specific lifting tools may be required for removal.  Above all, an open tank can be dangerous due to the potentially hazardous wastewater and toxic fumes.  Leave the dirty part to us.

If you are unable to locate the septic system lids or prefer Brantley Septic to find them, skip the tips provided above and give us a call.  Our Summerfield team is waiting to help. Also, if you would like to add risers to your septic tank for easy access in the future, it is an option with Brantley Septic.

When the Work is Done, Disguise the Lids to Your Summerfield Property

Now that you have gone through the trouble of locating your tank, digging up the lids, and possibly adding risers to your Summerfield home or office, you should keep that area clear and visible, so you do not have to go through the same process next time you are due for septic tank maintenance. However, septic tank lids can be a bit of an eyesore! Some ways that you can hide your lids in plain sight are to cover them with an object like a lightweight plastic rock, a birdbath, or a planter box.

Brantley Septic has been locating lids and servicing Summerfield area septic tanks for years and our trained professionals are ready to help with all of your septic tank needs. Schedule service, for your Summerfield residential or commercial property, online or call us today at (252) 478-3721.