At my mountain cabin, there is a septic system. At the perimeter of the
cabin, a 4" white drain pipe comes down to a cleanout with a plug, and is
visible about 6" above the dirt line. The line continues on into the septic
The area over the septic tank appears to have been filled in with a
combination of type 2 and local soil. After many years, it is hard as
concrete. I started to dig down to find the cap and do an inspection, but
stopped after about an hour of picking. 7500' elevation x a 5 way bypass is
a bad formula.
My BIL is coming between now and spring to do a lot of dirt work. I shall
have him CAREFULLY scrape over the top of the tank, and with my metal
detector, find the loop on top of the cap. I anticipate it is a relatively
QUESTION: Does the septic pumping guy have to go in through the cap, or can
he go down through the cleanout? I figure it is best to pull the cap, and
visually inspect, as well as pump more thoroughly, but just wondering since
technology moves so fast, there may be a newer easier way of doing the same
old dirty job.