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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Where is my septic tank?

    Quote Originally Posted by ed21 View Post
    I seems to me that smoke would have no place to go except up a vent since the septic & cleanouts are buried.
    A metal detector might find a cleanout if there is any cast iron.
    The building department should have a record on file from when the house was permitted
    5 years is probably too long between pump outs
    You can bet the septic cover isnt air tight.It's probably covered with dirt. The smoke will find the cracks around the cover.
    Gizmo

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  2. #12
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    Default Re: Where is my septic tank?

    Find it with a probe. Not a shovel. Most are pretty close to the surface, so in the summer the grass is just about dead over the septic tank. Look for the brown rectangle.

    If you don't want to have to find it again in five years, call your local concrete products supplier. They probably make septic tanks right there. They will have access to a locking (screw down)replacement cover you can add to bring the access to the surface. For about $30.00 you can have a green plastic lid in the lawn instead of a hole every so often.
    Waste not, want not.
    Use it up. Wear it out. Make it due, or due without.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Where is my septic tank?

    I agree, just use a probe. If you know where your line leaves the house you can tell how deep it is and you can follow the line with the probe if you don't know where the tank is. Or you can do it the hard way and dig down to the line and uncover it to the tank.

    Jack
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