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Septic Tank Access

Septic Tank Access:

In Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, and Newnan, most septic tanks are underground. There is a code in Fayette and Coweta County that says all septic tanks must be no more than 1 foot underground or a riser must be installed. However, that code is rarely if ever followed by the offices of the environmental health.

Many people in Peachtree City, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, Fayetteville, and Newnan have a small 4” white pvc pipe in their yard. This pipe is called a clean out pipe and is used to remove a clog if necessary or to allow overflow waste to flow out in an emergency. Many people believe that this pipe can be used to pump their septic but unfortunately it cannot.

Older septic tanks in Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, and Newnan, must be accessed by digging underground and raising a 4 foot by 2 foot concrete lid. After the lid is raised the tank can be stirred and pumped.

The newer septic tanks in Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, and Newnan have 2 individual lids, one at each side of the tank. Each lid is 20 inches by 20 inches and 2 to 4 inches thick. Once these lids are removed, they allow you to access different sections of the tank. The lid closest to the house will access the solid portion of the waste. This will be where the toilet paper and other solids will settle. Then, there will be a dividing wall that allows the effluent or water to continue into the other side of the tank. The wayward side of the tank can have a filter or not but it must be accessed and pumped to remove the remaining waste particles.

In Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, and Newnan most septic tanks are made of concrete. Of these tanks, any one installed after 1994 will more than likely have 2 small access lids. Of these tanks, most installed after 1994 will also have a filter that needs cleaning.

In Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Senoia, Tyrone, Sharpsburg, and Newnan many homes have septic tank systems. It is important to know what system you have, and how to properly service it.


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