4 Tips For Staying Safe Around Your Septic Tank


If you have a septic tank in your backyard, it is important that you know how to behave safely around it. Here are four safety tips for staying safe around your septic tank.

#1 Clearly Mark Where Your Septic Tank Is At

The first step towards staying safe around your septic tank is to clearly mark where it is located. You should know where your septic tank is located. Once you know the location of your septic tank, you need to make sure that the access port to the septic tank is properly covered. You don't want your kids or pet to get stuck or fall into your septic tank. Have a sturdy lid installed over the top of your septic tank that is difficult for children to open.

#2 Be Careful Around An Open Tank

When your septic tank port is open, be very careful around it. You should wear a breathing mask as gas fumes can come out of your tank that can be very powerful and that could be harmful to your health.

If you are ever near an open septic tank, you should never lean directly over the top of it. It could expose you to an excess of harmful gas fumes.

#3 Keep All Flames Away From Your Septic Tank

When or if your septic tank is ever open, you should keep all flames away from your septic tank. You should also keep anything that may create a flame, such as a gas powered mower, away from your septic tank as well. Septic tanks contain methane gas, which can be explosive.

It is generally a good idea, even when your septic tank is closed, to not use flames near your septic tank. Don't set up your backyard camp fire near your septic tank field.

#4 Be Careful When Digging

Whenever you dig in your yard, make sure that you are very careful. You need to know where your septic system is located so you don't dig into it. You also need to know where all gas and electrical lines are located to ensure that you don't cut into them. Breaking a gas or electrical line near a septic tank could create some complicated problems and an expensive cleanup project.

Always exercise as much caution as possible when around a septic tank. You should never open your septic tank unless you are accompanied by a professional and you should absolutely never try to get into your septic tank. Remember that the gases that help break down waste in your septic tank can also be really harmful to your health. You'll also want to make sure you have reliable services for septic pumping.


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Learning To Recycle Properly

After we moved into a new house, I was pleased to see a recycling bin outside. The owners told me that the city had a thriving recycling program, but after we stared using the bins on our own we realized that we didn't know what we were doing. We quickly found that we were putting the wrong things in the bins, and that it didn't seem like we were seeing that much of a refund every month from our efforts. This blog is all about learning how to recycle properly and avoid problems with your sanitation company tied to recycling programs.