The Pros and Cons of a Septic Tank Riser

June 27, 2017

If you have a septic tank on the property, you know how inefficient it can be to have a servicer visit and be required to dig up your lawn to locate your septic tank for maintenance, repair, or pumping. In order to bypass this hassle, you may be considering installing a septic tank riser on your property, but you’re unsure of the benefits and costs of this endeavor. Like you, many Bishop-Thiem customers have been requesting more information on septic tank risers, so for this month’s blog post, we are weighing the pros and cons of this septic tank feature to help you make the best decision.

To start, it’s important to understand what a septic tank riser is and what it does. A septic tank riser is a piece of plastic or concrete pipe that extends from the surface of your lawn down to the entrance of your septic tank below the earth. Usually, these risers are about 2 to 4 feet in length and no more than 24 inches in diameter. The riser also features a lid to keep debris or other elements from mistakenly entering. Often, these risers extend just above the ground to make your tank a little easier to locate and service.

Older models of septic tanks typically were never designed with septic tank risers and are more difficult to locate and service as a result. You may notice that each time you need your tank to be serviced, it costs a little more to have them locate and dig to find where your septic tank has been buried.

The first benefit to installing a septic tank riser may be apparent at this point. By having a pre-built entrance to your tank, it will reduce the time and effort required to service your septic tank, and the cost of service will inevitably reduce as well.

However, there is an upfront cost associated with installing a septic tank riser, which may dissuade some from jumping at the opportunity. The question then becomes, “does the cost of installation outweigh the cost of paying more for future septic system services?” If you intend to remain at your residence for some time, it is likely far more cost-effective to have a riser installed than to continue paying more to have your septic system serviced without one.

Depending on where your septic tank is located, you may also find that having a septic riser is unseemly. After all, no one wants a large plastic disc sticking out of their lawn. Again, there is a solution to this potentially deterring factor. Most septic risers can be built to rest just below the surface of your lawn, which would allow a layer of sod to rest over it. When it comes time to service the tank, that sod need just be peeled away and replaced to ensure that your lawn continues to look unblemished.

In the end, whether or not you have a septic tank riser installed is up to your individual situation. In most cases, this septic tank feature is beneficial both for its convenience and cost-effective nature. For more information on whether a septic tank riser is right for you, call Bishop-Thiem Septic Services.

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