The Role of Septic Tank Risers
The Role of Septic Tank Risers

The Role of Septic Tank Risers

septic tank risers

Septic tank risers are basically a long plastic or concrete pipe that runs horizontally from the pump-in outlets or access ports in the top of your septic tank straight up into the soil. This is done so that the soil can drain into the tank and then be re-contaminated with broken down sewage waste before it starts to break down. There are basically two types of risers that are used in septic tanks – plastic tube risers, and metal pipe risers.

Plastic pipe risers are basically just elongated plastic tubes about 6 feet long that extend out of the wall of your septic system. You can get these at most home centers and building supply stores. They are usually sold in bulk lengths to help make sure that you get enough for your septic system. Bamboo pipe risers are also an option and are typically about six feet in length. These are typically sold in smaller lengths to keep the cost down.

Metal pipe risers are used primarily in large septic tank systems. They are generally not as strong as plastic tubing and are much longer. These are usually sold as part of a kit to make the installation process much easier and they also protect against cracking caused by freezing and thawing of the soil.

Installing septic tank risers is relatively easy. In fact, it can usually be done by one-time homeowners who are handy with tools. The only tools you need for installing a this type of riser are screwdrivers, a wrench, and a drill gun. You may also use a pry bar to reach the hard-to-reach areas of the risers. However, if there are cracks in the concrete, you will most likely need to have it entirely replaced.

Before you install any of these products, it’s important to understand what size is right for your septic system. If you have a larger home, you need to consider the length and width of the spaces where you plan on installing this equipment. For small residential septic systems, you should be able to use a standard drain for each faucet and toilet fixture you will install. If you have a larger system or if you have a larger home, you may need to use a longer and wider drain.

One of the most important considerations when installing these accessories is how to protect the drain and the lid from damage. Both of these pieces of hardware are sold in single units and you can often buy them in packages that include both. However, if you want the best fit and installation, you should install both pieces separately. Remember, the installation process for septic tank risers and the installation process for lids can be quite different since one needs to be installed over the drain and lid and the other over the soil. If you’re not sure how to do either of these tasks, you can hire a contractor to complete the task for you.

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