Septic Tank Risers

Installing Septic Tank Risers For Your Septic Tank

Septic Tank Risers

Concrete septic tanks under construction

During your septic tank installation, it is recommended to install a septic tank riser along with it. If this has not been done, you can ask for it to be installed separately during your regular septic tank pumping or septic tank inspection appointments. This device will help you lift the lid of the tank and also seal it properly so that it is protected from other chemicals and materials.

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What is a Septic Tank Riser?

A riser is a basic extension that is attached to septic tank covers. Not only does it help you lift the septic tank lids but it also helps you locate these tanks. According to building regulations, it is now necessary that these are installed for all tanks.

A riser is usually manufactured specifically for the tank. This is done because it needs to fit the tank perfectly. Some risers may also require structural ribs so that the septic tank covers can be lifted easily in the cold or when there is frost. Usually, the riser ranges from 6 to 12 inches in height and it has a diameter of 12 to 24 inches. The size will be based on the size of the tank, how deep it is buried, etc. In cases where the tank is buried underground, the risers may be stacked one on top of the other so that it is easy to locate it.

Types of Risers

PVC Risers: PVC risers are the lightest types available in the market. Of all the risers available, they are also the easiest to install and this makes it quick and easy for a professional to install it. They also seal the tank completely and do not react with other materials so it helps to keep your tank secure and prevents foreign matter from getting into it. Due to the advantages and the long lasting nature of this material, these are often priced higher than many others that are available.

Polyethylene Risers: These risers are sealed by gaskets. This makes the septic tank a lot more secure. Since polyethylene is resistant to corrosion, it lasts long and it also helps to prevent chemicals and other foreign matter enter into the tank, keeping the tank safe. These can be expensive but they last long and they are worth the investment in the long run.

Concrete Risers: Concrete septic tank risers can often be very heavy. They don’t usually look very good either. Due to the weight of the riser, heavy lifting equipment may have to be used in order to install it. The concrete can also crack or get damaged in certain weather conditions. However, concrete risers are the most reasonable ones in the market and that is why some people opt to go in for this option.