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How To Keep A Septic Pumping From Leaking All Over And Leaching Into The Surrounding Area

Septic tanks are installed either above ground or below ground. Tanks above ground are rather unpleasant to see, which is why most people have them installed underground. It also helps with the gravitational downward flow of the wastewater into the leach field. Regardless of which type of tank you have, you will always want to be sure that the nastiness inside the tanks does not leak out into your yard everytime you get a septic pumping service. Here is how you can help the septic cleaning crew keep things tidy.

Tidy Tunnels and Toppers

If you have an underground septic tank, consider having a concrete or cement contractor come out and line the walls of the drain with concrete or cement. The long tunnel up from the tank to the ground surface is left exposed to potential leaks from the suction hose the septic crew uses. Although everything possible is done to avoid leaks during a septic pumping, lining the drain tunnel with concrete or cement ensures that there is absolutely no room for error. Addtionally, you might consider surrounding the drain opening with concrete or cement and creating a little barrier around this concrete/cement topper. That way, when the crew withdraws the suction hose and it drips as it comes out, the drips land on concrete/cement, which can be sterilized and sanitized.

Catch Tubs

With an above-ground septic tank, you will want to place a catch tub right underneath the area where the  suction hose attaches. Here, any drips or leaks from the connection or the cleaning hose will fall into the catch tub instead of onto your grass and into the surrounding soil. A long metal tub, about the same length as your septic tank and as high as a foot or two, works best. The tub that most closely matches the size requirements for most septic customers is a farmer's steel watering trough. The trough will not rust or corrode and is very easy to wash and sanitize in the event that there are some major leaks and not just minor dribbles.


If you cannot afford cement/concrete for the underground septic tank drain and top or you cannot afford a catch tub right now, sand is your next best bet for either tank system. Mounds of sand placed around the opening of an underground tank and all underneath an above-ground tank will help catch any drips at the surface. The sand absorbs the drips and you can scoop it away like cat litter droppings. Contact a local septic contractor, like Lemeta Pumping & Thawing, for more help.