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Landscaping vs. Septic Tanks

The best and first advice about septic systems we can give to homeowners is to know where your septic tank and septic drain field are located. This is important because when the time comes that your septic tank needs to be pumped, you will want to make it as easy as possible. Oftentimes, if a homeowner does not advocate for themselves, subcontractors will put things over the septic tank. Common items that get put over septic tanks are water lines, plant beds, and pavers. When the time comes to dig up the septic tank to pump it, those water lines, plants beds and pavers don't stand a chance. Plants that have been growing for years and are beautiful will have to be torn out to get to the septic tank. That is why it is so important to know the location of your septic tank and septic drain field and to make sure that the area above them stay clear. Another way to avoid this on your septic tank is to install risers. Risers bring the entrance to your septic tank up to ground level so no digging will have to be done when the time comes to pump it out. Also, you can surround the riser in a plant bed with pine straw or mulch so no one has to see the riser.

Landscaping beds should not be places over septic tanks.

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