If you have an older septic system, you may find yourself asking, what is a septic tank riser? Older systems were generally installed to be out of sight out of mind; buried for 15-20 years with no thought given until it involved an emergency call for pumping or repair. Septic tank risers are now typically installed with newer septic systems and for good reason. Septic tank risers allow for easy ground-level access and improved visibility into the performance of your septic system.
The Benefits of a Septic Tank Riser
Before we list the benefits, let’s clarify what exactly a septic tank riser is. Risers are typically made from either plastic or concrete. They are large round pipes fitted over the septic tank cleanout opening and are long enough to extend the cleanout opening to the ground level. The benefits then are:
- Easy access during the winter months even when the ground is frozen
- Quick access to the septic system for maintenance and pumping
- No need to dig up your yard for septic maintenance
- A visual reminder of your septic system
The last benefit may seem a bit counterintuitive. Why would you want a visual reminder of your septic system? Well, routine septic system maintenance prevents premature septic system failure. With a septic tank riser, you’ll not only know the location of your septic system you’ll have a visual reminder to schedule your system to be pumped at least every 2 to 3 years. That being said, the septic tank risers that we install are designed to blend with their surroundings. Though it will serve as an effective visual reminder, it will not be an eyesore.
How Much a Septic Tank Riser Costs
Your septic system is one of the most important mechanical systems in your home. With a one-time installation fee, a septic tank riser will protect your septic system for years to come. The quick access to maintenance and pumping will almost immediately provide a return on your investment. You can also say goodbye to costly and unsightly digs at maintenance time. Even during the winter months when the ground is frozen, you’ll be able to conduct a visual check of your septic system.
The out-of-sight-out-of-mind approach to your septic system leads to long-term problems and expensive emergency calls for repair. A septic tank riser is a relatively simple fix that will protect your system and save you money.
To learn more about how you could benefit from septic tank risers, give us a call at (603) 945-7355