LOCATING YOUR SEPTIC TANK
The septic tank may be located by probing with a metal rod, following the pipeline from the house or by listening to the noise a plumber's snake makes when it contacts the tank inlet. Care must be utilized during the probing as it may damage the inlet tees or piping.
Make a water probe may be a great help locating a septic tank. We use them all the time. Get a ½" X 6 galvanized water pipe, threaded on one end. Purchase a pipe to hose fitting. Turn the water on and sink the probe into the ground. The water will do the digging. Set up a grid pattern and probe every foot or two until you find the tank. Legally, septic tanks can be no closer than 5 from the house. So begin 6-7 from the house. The top of a concrete septic tank is about 5x 8. Typically, the septic tank is in the front yard. I said TYPICALLY, so dont be surprised if the systems in the rear yard or under a patio slab, etc. Weve seen um everywhere. The top of the septic tank is usually 2-4 beneath the surface.
If you are not having any success, a septic tank contractor can best provide assistance. If there is a present cleanout, we can use electronic locating equipment to find the septic tank.
After locating the tank, it would be a good idea to make a sketch of its location.
Septic Tank Works
The Typical Septic Tank
Things are backing up. What next?
to Locate your Septic Tank
What can go wrong?
Pumping your Septic Tank
Septic Tank and Cesspool Sizes