You Don’t Have to Have an Unsightly Septic System!
Septic systems are usually comprised of three components; the pretreatment tanks, normally septic tanks or aerobic treatment plants, a distribution system (gravity or pumped), and an absorption system. Each component can be handled in a different way. Let’s take a look.
Septic tanks can be unsightly when concrete lids are on grade or above grade. They can also let surface water infiltrate the system. They can be cleaned up by installing proper risers on tanks and green plastic lids that are bolted down, which can be more durable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Distribution systems can be comprised of pump tanks with risers similar to septic tanks. They must be at grade in case the components in the tank require repair. To make them look better they can also have the appropriate risers installed with durable green plastic lids that are bolted down.
Absorption areas or drain fields that are pressure dosed may have lateral cleanouts above grade. They can be unsightly and, if you hit them with a lawn mower, will break if you are not careful. This can not only be unsightly to look at but can be a health hazard as well if untreated sewage is allowed to surface.
Lateral cleanouts can be cut below grade and encased with sprinkler covers. This will allow access for maintenance yet can be mowed over without disturbing the system.
If you have any ideas for cleaning up unsightly septic systems, please leave a comment!