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Making Septic Tank Cleaning Easier

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No one likes their yard being dug up. Unfortunately, that’s the only way to properly clean out a septic tank if the lids are buried. There are ways to make locating your lids easier, and to avoid digging each time. The best way is to install a septic tank riser over the access lid(s) to your tank.

There are many pros but not many con’s to installing risers. Let’s go over them!


  • Your yard will not have to be dug up when the tank is pumped
  • Pumping will no longer require digging up your landscaping if placed over the tank
  • Your tank will be easy to locate
  • You may save money on septic tank cleaning since the tank will not need to be located or dug up
  • They can be installed by the owner or a septic company
  • They come in a variety of brands so you can get the look you want for the price you want
  • They come in a variety of height
  • They come in a variety of width
  • The lids can be properly secured ensuring they are safe
  • They can be installed to be exposed at ground level, or they can be installed to be buried a few inches so they are still easy to access without seeing them in your yard
  • They will bring your lids into compliance if your lids are buried deep
  • It will make it easier to monitor your system for backup in the tank


  • There is an upfront expense
  • If you have more than one lid, the expense will be greater
  • If the lids are not secure, then they can be tampered with – so be sure they are always secure
  • If the lids are visible, they may not be aesthetically appealing
  • Lids and risers may require replacement after many years
  • Roots can grow around the riser, but pulling the roots each time the tank is pumped can usually keep them from causing a problem
  • Rainwater can enter the tank if the tank is in an area where rainwater ponds or runs off, which could cause unintentional consequences to your septic system

Thinking of installing a riser? Call us to find out more! We sell and install Tuff Tite risers. You can purchase them from our office to install them yourself, or give us a call and we’ll take care of it for you.

For 86+ years, Van Delden Wastewater Systems has withstood the test of time as the leading Wastewater System company, providing San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country with services you can count on now and in the future. 

Call us for any of your wastewater systems needs and let our professionals help you with your septic installation and maintenance requirements: 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne).

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