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What Every Septic Tank Owner Should Know About Risers

If you are preparing for a new septic tank installation, it's time to start thinking about some of the options. For example, one of the things that your septic tank maintenance contractor may ask you is if you want risers installed with your tank. For those unfamiliar, it's in your best interest to understand exactly what risers are, and why you might want to have them included in your septic tank installation.

What Exactly Are Septic Tank Risers?

Risers for your septic tank are pipes that rise up from the top of the tank to the surface level of the ground. They are usually between a foot and two feet in diameter, and they are covered with a secured, durable lid to keep them in place and protect your tank.

Without septic tank risers, your septic tank installation and maintenance technician will have to dig on your property to access the tank to pump it or do any kind of maintenance. Worse yet, if you aren't positive where the tank was installed, the technician may have to dig in multiple areas of your property to find it. With risers, the cap is installed at ground level, making it easy to spot for routine maintenance, with no digging required.

How Are Septic Tank Risers Installed?

Septic tank risers are easy to install. The primary cap that's installed on the access hole to the septic must be removed, then the riser is installed around that opening. Once it is secure, the ground is filled in around the riser and the new septic cap is put in place. It's really that simple. If you decide to have one placed after your septic tank is already installed, however, know that they will have to excavate around the top of the tank to do so.

Why Should You Consider Septic Tank Risers?

There are a number of reasons why you might want to install septic tank risers, but the most significant one is the general cost savings. You won't have to pay for the time and effort required to locate your septic tank during each septic tank repair and pump-out call. Many companies charge a service fee if they have to dig to get to the tank, so installing a riser will save you money over the life of the tank.

It also simplifies your access to the tank. There will be no more need for unsightly digging to get to your tank, so your landscaping stays intact. You can even have the riser installed so that it is flush with the ground, eliminating any obtrusive appearance in your yard.