Removing an Above-Ground Plastic Septic System


Most people think of septic tanks as large barrel-shaped tanks buried in the ground fifteen feet from a house or building. However, there are above-ground septic tanks, and many of them are plastic, not steel. Some of these tanks are installed inside the home in the basement or just under your trailer home. So, how do you remove these tanks? Clearly, the removal process is very different from excavation, emptying, and lifting the tank out of the ground. Removing above-ground plastic tanks looks something like this.

Stretching a Pump Hose into the Basement

If you have a plastic septic tank in the basement, the first step for your septic tank contractor to do is pump out the tank. This is a lot trickier than an outdoor tank since the pump hose has to find its way through your basement to the tank. If your contractor expects to remove the tank through the foundation, then the pumping hose will also go through the foundation.

If that is not the way your contractor is going to remove the tank, then the contractor will run the hose through a window in the foundation. The hose connects to the tank, and the pumping is completed this way. The contractor's crew then disconnects the tank and removes it by hauling it up the basement stairs, if possible.

Removing the Tank

The ground next to the foundation wall closest to where the tank is located will be excavated. The dirt is cleared away so that the structural demolition that will be done will not cause the corner of your home to collapse. The wall is also easier to brace this way. Once the contractor breaks through the foundation wall, the septic tank is pumped clean. Then the tank is disconnected from your plumbing and pulled through the hole made in the foundation wall to the dirt space outside. Your foundation is reconstructed and the dirt filled in after the tank has been hoisted onto a transport truck.

Addressing the Lack of a Septic System

Now that your indoor septic system has been removed, you should address the lack of a waste containment system. If you are going to be connected to city plumbing, make sure you have the plumbing contractor lined up to do the job right away. If you are installing an outdoor septic tank instead, you can use the services of the same contractor that just removed your plastic indoor tank.

Contact a septic service, like A & A Oil Recovery Co, to schedule an appointment to talk about your needs.


21 December 2017

Exploring Septic System Maintenance and Repairs

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