Tips for Septic Tank Lid Safety & Care

Septic tank lids allow you to access your septic tank safely and keep all the nasties secured inside. We have a few tips and tricks to make sure you treat your septic tank lid with care and respect, including safety tips for when the lid is off, how to ensure your lid is sealed, and more. Learn more handy tips to care for your septic tank lid below!


How to find your septic tank lid

Knowing the exact location of your septic tank helps you spot issues like flooding and avoid straining it by parking vehicles over it. Your septic tank lid is probably underground if you can’t spot it at ground level. The easiest way to find it is by consulting the original plans, but this isn’t always possible.


If you don’t have the plans, look for any high or low spots in your yard that could indicate where your septic tank could be. Use something strong to probe the ground every few feet. Lids can be buried up to a foot deep, so investigate any bumps that may indicate something buried underneath.


Properly Secure your Septic Tank Lid 

Correctly secure your septic tank lid to prevent kids, animals, rainwater, and debris from entering the septic tank and keep everything inside the tank safely contained. Septic tanks are home to harmful gases and bacteria that could be hazardous to your health. A well-secured lid also keeps any nasty smells from escaping!


Consider installing a septic tank riser 

A septic tank riser is a large concrete or plastic pipe that runs vertically from the access ports at the top of a septic tank up to ground level. Installing a riser makes it easier to know where the opening is and for professionals to provide septic tank care. Lids are attached to the riser and secured to prevent tampering by children and potential falls into the septic tank. Safety screens are also available for purchase.


Keep the area around the lid well maintained

Hire a septic tank cleaning professional to pump your septic tank (or tanks) every three years. Once you’ve located your septic tank lid, maintain it to prevent damage and allow easy access for future septic tank maintenance, like pumping.


  • Regularly cut the grass surrounding the septic tank lid.
  • Remove any dirt or debris covering your septic tank lid.
  • Mark the area so nobody parks on or builds on it. You can do this with a flag, garden décor, or decorative rocks.


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