I saw what looked like a septic tank cover right next to this very
expensive house built on a slab foundation. The house is on a hill and
the ground falls off right after where this cover is so the only place
the septic tank could possibly be, I would assume, is under the house.
Is this possible?
Tanks aren't that big and could be a few feet beneath cover. Actual
tank cover is below cover you see. Doubt tank is beneath house as a
very old tank could collapse. Drain fields could be any where. I've
got neighbors that pump uphill to their fields.
On Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:59:34 -0800 (PST), Molly Brown
My mother was critized for having the septic tank under the patio,
because if it had to be dug up, it would ruin the tinted cement patio.
Of course the previous owner had done this, and the tank never caused
trouble while we were there. There was a 3 or 4' diameter circle
above the tank opening, with dirt and flowers. I was back there 40
years later, but it was covered with snow and I couldn't tell if the
original patio was in one piece or not.
I think the tank is under the tank cover, if that's what it is.
Could it be an old water well? I have a property that came with a concrete
cylinder about 3 feet across and about 8 inches up out of the ground with a
round concrete cap on top. When I opened it up, it was an old shallow water
well and there was a well pump in a crawl space under the house that ran to
Or, if it is a septic system -- Like you, I don't have any real experience
with septic systems, but I recently found this website that provides a ton
of information about how they are constructed, how they work, etc.:
Molly Brown wrote:
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