In addition to the danger of an abandoned septic tank caving in, the build-up of methane gases in an old tank can cause an explosion. In short, it’s critical that safe septic tank decommissioning be done.
Because this is a complicated and dangerous job that often involves using specialized tools, disconnecting a septic tank is best done by a professional contractor.
Disconnecting a septic system involves removing the old lid of the tank. Often, this requires a backhoe since the lid can be quite heavy.
Sometimes in the process of septic tank decommissioning, it is discovered that there is waste still in the tank. The waste must be pumped out, and this is generally done by a contractor with a special pumping truck.
Clearly, disconnecting a septic tank is much more than complicated than just unhooking it from the main drain of the house.
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Next in the process of disconnecting a septic system is either taking out the old tank completely or filling it up with rubble. If the old tank is being totally taken out, it must be removed with power equipment.
Often, the old tank is crushed and simply put back in its old hole, or it can be disposed of elsewhere. The next step in this method of septic tank decommissioning is filling in the hole with dirt, gravel or some other type of rubble.
If the tank is being left in place, then it must be filled in totally with dirt or rocks, and its cover and lid must be securely fastened. No matter how it is done, disconnecting a septic tank can be tricky. Your best plan of action should be to call a professional to evaluate your specific circumstance and resolve it in a timely manner.
TLS Plumbing and Drain will help solve your problems when it comes to decommissioning your septic system.