Welcome to my site. My name is Jorge. The septic company sent a notice to my home recently about pumping out the tank. After living in my home for a few years, it was time to service the septic tank to keep it in good condition for years afterward. I watched in awe as the septic truck cleared the tank and restored the function of the system. I will use this site to discuss the process of servicing the septic tank. I will also talk about repairs commonly performed on the septic components. I hope you will visit often to learn more.
You may not like your unsightly septic tank cover. The good news is that you can use landscaping to cover over the septic tank. However, there are some landscaping decisions that can cause damage to your septic tank.
1. Trees And Shrubs
Do not plant trees and large bushes near your septic tank. Their roots can penetrate the septic tank and can be expensive and difficult to solve. Keep trees at least 25 feet away from the drain field. If you have already planted a tree, you should remove it. Even if you remove the roots that would affect the septic tank, this may cause the tree to topple over.
Eventually, you will need to access the septic tank. Therefore, do not cover it with grass unless you use a special grass cover that still allows you to lift up the tank lid. You can attach an artificial grass cover over a septic tank lid to make it less noticeable. Looking closely, you may still notice the artificial grass has a different shade, though.
Do not place topsoil over the access point. This will make the cover harder to access and may cause soil to enter the septic tank. During the winter, the topsoil can freeze and will then be difficult to remove if there is a septic tank emergency. If you cannot service the septic tank in an emergency, you may be without your tank until the ground thaws.
4. Vegetable Gardens
Vegetables and other edible plants can become contaminated if planted near a drain field. The plants will absorb the pathogens found in waste products through their roots. Keep them at least 25 feet away.
5. A Fence
If you will install a fence, you must do so carefully. The fence posts must be shallow. Otherwise, you might damage the pipes that travel to the tank. If you damage the septic tank pipes, a plumber will have to excavate the pipes to replace them. Otherwise, your pipes might become clogged.
Fortunately, there are ways to disguise a septic tank cover. You can plant tall grass and small shrubs near the tank. These plants do not have roots that would extend into the drainfield or disrupt the pipes. Any creative, decorative hardscapes can also disguise a septic tank safely. For instance, you could add a rock or a statue. A large statue could cover the entire access point as long as it is easily movable.
If your septic tank does get damaged, contact a local septic tank repair service quickly.