An In-Depth Guide To Replacing Your Home’s Septic Tank Lid

Septic tank lids are essential components of any septic tank riser system. These lids come in various shapes and sizes to fit different tanks, but they serve the same purpose, to cover the top part of the septic tank to keep it sealed and secure. 

Septic tank lids also have several important safety benefits, like preventing people or animals from entering the tank accidentally. For this reason, if you spot any damage, it’s important to immediately consider a septic tank lid replacement.

If you’re wondering how to handle your septic tank riser properly, this article is for you! We’ll provide you with the main steps of a septic tank lid replacement so that you can do it safely and correctly and why. Continue reading!l

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4 Steps To Replacing Your Septic Tank Lid Correctly


1. Loate The Septic Tank Lid

The first step in any septic tank maintenance project should be locating the tank, but this can be more challenging than expected. If you’re new to property or have lots of land, keep your eyes peeled for the best spot.

There are a few simple and reliable ways to uncover its location quickly. Contacting local providers can help you, as they usually have accurate records of building permits, such as diagrams with dimensions and information on any installed septic system within the property. Metal detectors are another effective tool that can help you to the approximate location.

2. Dig Up The Septic Tank Lid

Once you’ve located your septic tank, grab a shovel and dig up the soil until you uncover its lid. To get access, create 16 inches of clearance on all sides of this opening. To find the septic tank lid in many cases, look for a patch of healthy vegetation. Once you have located it, clear away any debris or longer grass to gain access to the above-ground lid.


3. Identify The Type Of Replacement You Need

When replacing your septic tank lid, measuring its width accurately is important; lids generally come in either 21 or 24 inches. You’ll also need to identify the material made; you have three options: PVC, high-density polyethylene, and concrete. Look for them at larger hardware stores or suppliers specialized in septic tanks, and check prices around $100-200.


4. Remove The Septic Tank Lid

Getting the lid off a septic tank can be quite a task. A trusty pry bar usually gets the job done. Set it within the seam and press down firmly – with help from an extra pair of hands or two, until you easily lift out and move aside that heftier-than-expected septic lid. Avoid lifting and removing your hefty concrete septic tank lid yourself – hire a contractor to do it for you.

Easily remove and install your septic tank lid with PVC or polyethylene. With no need for harsh treatments, you can rest assured that these sturdy materials will provide an easy installation process and are sure to last. 

Call Professional Septic System Services To Help You!

Now you understand what septic tank lid replacement takes; it’s time to leave it to the professionals. At Clean Earth Environmental, we’re a professional septic tank riser company with the unique ability to handle replacement, installation, pump outs, maintenance, inspections, and more. Leaving the hard work to us will help you save time and money and ensure the septic system is properly taken care of.

So don’t hesitate to contact the experts with over 10 years of experience in the industry; we ensure high-quality septic tank services. Get in touch with us today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get about our Septic Tank Pumping.

Septic systems usually last 20 to 30 years before needing replacement. if it has not been properly maintained, has been invaded by tree roots, or has otherwise been misused, the time frame may be shorter.

As a homeowner, you should not dispose of chemicals, paint, grease, food, or anything that is a bodily waste. You should also avoid disposing of toilet paper, feminine napkins, coffee grounds, or wastewater from dishwashing, showering, or laundry. 

Below are some of the benefits you get from regular grease trap cleaning.  

Eliminates foul odors

Grease trap cleaning gets rid of these odors and keeps your grease trap and tank working efficiently.  

Reduces damage to the tank

Any decaying food, whether solids or particles, releases and creates gasses. This includes sulfuric acid, which can damage the walls of the grease trap. Grease trap cleaning reduces damage to the tank before it creates a larger problem in the future.   

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Contact Us Now For A Free Estimate!

Give us a call at 919-888-4066 to know more about our septic services. We also offer free estimates and special discounts for first-time tank cleaning! Clean Earth Septic proudly serves Wake County, Franklin County, Durham County, Johnston county and more surrounding areas.