If you own a septic system on your property, there are certain things you need to be aware of. One of the most important rules of septic tank ownership is to never dig around your tank. Even if you know the exact location of your tank, you may be missing key information, like where the pipes or other components are located. You should always consult a professional before doing any sort of landscaping or building on your property. Here is why.
Caution While Landscaping
Even shallow digging should be done with caution when you have a septic system on your property. Certain shrubbery should be avoided, especially bushes with invasive root systems. Tree roots are especially dangerous around septic tanks since their roots will expand naturally towards moisture, making septic pipes very appealing. If you have a tree near your septic tank that you suspect is an issue, do not remove it yourself. Removing tree roots without knowing where they have invaded could be an issue. Have a professional septic company inspect your tree roots and see if they have already caused damage before removing them.
Pipes May Not Be Where You Expect Them to Be
Your septic system is designed based on the size of your home. However, it is not as simple as just burying a tank on your property. There are several components that are also located underground. You may know the location of your tank, but not the pipe system. Before digging at all, for any reason, it is imperative to consult a professional who understands the makeup of your system. Even digging by hand, with shovels for example, could put you at risk for accidentally damaging a pipe that leads to your tank.
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