24x12 Tuf-Tite Septic Tank Riser List Price: $99. 95 You Save: $34. Septic tank risers are commonly made from polyethylene, PVC or concrete. Concrete risers are the cheapest (approximately $100), but they're heavy and can be difficult to install. A riser made from polyethylene or PVC will typically cost $200 or more, depending on size. Lightweight septic lid makes accessing the septic tank easy. The modern covers weigh less than 10 pounds making servicing your tank much easier. The old style concrete septic tank riser rings weigh hundreds of pounds. The concrete covers also weigh 60 – 80 lbs. A septic tank riser is a concrete or plastic pipe that runs vertically from the pump-out openings or access ports at the top of a septic tank to about ground level. A simple and seemingly common sense concept, risers are often missing from standard septic tanks, particularly older models. Septic tank risers are now typically installed with newer septic systems and for good reason. Septic tank risers allow for easy ground-level access and improved visibility into the performance of your septic system.
In most cases, septic tank components including the lid, are buried between 4 inches and 4 feet underground. You can use a metal probe to locate its edges and mark the perimeter. If you do not find the lid by probing, shallow excavation with a shovel along the tank's perimeter should reveal the lid.
Septic tanks lids and risers can be insulated to provide protection from freezing temperatures. Remove soil around the septic tank riser with the excavator. Hand shovel near the riser to reduce the potential for riser damage or dislodging the seal from the riser to the tank.
The easiest way to hide your septic riser is by simply placing something over it, such as a hollow, lightweight landscape rock, a birdbath, a sundial or a decorative lawn ornament. Apply basic landscaping principles when deciding what to use.
Typically, a steel septic tank will last between 15 and 20 years. Tanks made of concrete or plastic are usually preferable in terms of longevity. A properly maintained septic system with a concrete tank can last well over 40 years.
Spread it out and do one load a day for several days. A typical washing machine uses 30 to 40 gallons of water per load. If you do 5 loads of laundry in one day, that pumps at least 150-200 gallons of water into your lateral lines. Most septic systems 10 years old or older have a 600-900 square-foot absorption area.
Can you tell if the tank needs pumping without digging it up? Unless you have risers installed, you will need to dig up the ground above the septic tank to inspect it. Risers give easy access to the septic system without disturbing the soil above the tank.
When installing your septic tank or wastewater treatment system, there are two options. The first option is to complete the installation works yourself. Many people choose the DIY septic tank installation route.
For quick access to your septic tank for maintenance, this is a must have. Installed a 24 x 12 tank riser first to an adapter ring in order to adhere risers to the septic tank, then an additional 24 x 6 riser for additional height, and finally added a 24 inch flat lid. Never have to dig out again.
Septic tanks installed after the late 1980s have two compartments, and it is important to pump out both compartments each time. Most homeowners are unaware when their septic tank has two compartments; some companies use that to their advantage, charging to pump both sides of the tank but only actually pumping out one.
If your tank has two lids, uncover both of them for the pumper. You may have a single compartement tank or a baffled tank (ie, two compartment tank).
Here are some simple steps to replace the septic tank riser to continued ease in locating the lid. Step 1: Dig Out Old Risers. Step 2: Excavate Around Risers. Step 3: Remove Riser Lid. Step 4: Remove Risers. Step 5: Remove Ring if Damaged. Step 6: Stack Risers. Step 7: Add Rider Lid. Step 8: Backfill Soil.
Remove any dirt and debris with a trowel and a wire brush. Heat the tar sealant to increase its adhesive ability by leaving it in direct sunlight for at least 15 minutes. Press the tar sealant onto the concrete where the manhole riser will rest with a trowel. Lift the riser onto the tar sealant and press down.