Septic tank lid

Septic tank lid

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:15 am

We're having some issues with the water not draining <sigh>...

In any event there was pvc pipe sticking out of the ground but it as only there to show where it was at. Wasn't actually attached to the tank.

Now I have a pvc end sticking out of the concrete that itself is apparently filled with concrete?

There is a steel cable with a white plastic tag, it has 1300 lbs. on it, weight of the lid?

Date on it is 2006 which is accurate according to the disclosure.

Hard to see it here but it's solid concrete where the PVC is.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:18 am

That would be an awful big lid Richard???
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:21 am

freetown fred wrote:That would be an awful big lid Richard???


Yes but it would be awful small for septic? LOL
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:26 am

I hear that--I think my septic is 500 gal. w/ grease trap Plus leach & the lid goes only a couple hundred lbs--I can hook it & lift it & hell Richard---I'm old LOL
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:28 am

I've seen PVC sticking up for clean out But can't imagine why yours is filled????
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:31 am

That's why I'm asking, especially what the 1300 lbs. means.

Digging in this ground is like trying to shovel boulders and If the lid weighs 1300 pounds I might as well stop now becsue my brother has a bobcat with a backhoe attachment.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:48 am

1300# sounds like a rating for carrying weight, not the lid, or it is the entire tank. the PVC is supposed to be a vent.

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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: KLook On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:54 am

Never did inquire about the reason for the vent, they started using them in the early 80's in Maine. People hated them stick up in the yard. Not sure but I think they vent the tank or field? Tanks are supposed to be anaerobic so I would think the field. As I recall, there are some septic people in here, maybe they will weigh in later.

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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:58 am

KLook wrote:1300# sounds like a rating for carrying weight,


That's what I'm guessing....

the PVC is supposed to be a vent.


That's my guess too, must be a knock out and it was never knocked out.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:01 am

KLook wrote:Never did inquire about the reason for the vent,


Well if you have water going into the septic the air doesn't have anywhere to go, we have flushing issues here but that was the case since day 1. When I take this lid off if the flushing issue goes away it's getting knocked out if that is what it is.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:10 am

I just had mine located & pumped this winter, it had a lid that could easily be handled for the main & then a smaller one maybe 2' or so from that above the inlet which came in from the side. They have a cone shape to them the smaller one could be pulled up with one hand. Once your on the top it's not that big the main plug is in the center & the inlet plug is near the side, if you can poke down & find the inlet then you'll have a good idea where the small plug is, there is no vent on my tank the house vent should take care of flushing issues. It could be you have a clog or cracked pipe along the line.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:26 am

the lid is not 1600 lbs, any septic lid can be handled by one human man, The tank my be 1500 gallons (most are after 1995). Ive never seen a vented tank (its the leach feild that has those big PVC candy cane's). You need to dig that shyt up Rich and open the lid, do you have a pump up system or gravity fed?, Im assuming you dont have a tite tank? You should pump the tank every couple years anyways... so dig it up however your able and this time go buy a $30 riser so you dont have dig it up ever again ;)
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: grumpy On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:51 am

You may have an exit filter that needs to be cleaned.
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: dcrane On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:07 am

grumpy wrote:You may have an exit filter that needs to be cleaned.


yes... absolutly right (filter sits inside the first tank and is used on two chambered or two tank systems). either way.... you need to dig that cover up Rich!
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Re: Septic tank lid

PostBy: whistlenut On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:16 am

Richard, that could be a 1300 gallon tank, While 1000, 1500, and 2000 are common sizes, perhaps someone had a 1300 gallon tank with two chambers...a 1000 gallon and a 300 pump station section. They will work for the purpose intended, and that may be the reasoning. The filled pipe could be because it was not a pump station at all, and was plugged that way.
Perhaps the pipe you think is filled is in fact the discharge filter. I'd do as Doug suggests: go get a 24" diameter riser pipe for whatever height.....put a cover on it and....done.
I'd avoid doing this just before or right after lunch, or you could think you are fishin' and become a 'Chum' bucket.

Having said that, I'd suggest you find out more about the existing system. Pump the tank, check the lines, find the 'D' box and camera the field. This IS like the FRAM commercial: Pay me now, or Pay Me Later. If it is in failure, you might as well know now. :idea:
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