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Locating septic tanks
Locating a septic tank can be challenging, and the precise methods may vary.

Locating Septic Tank for Removal

A residential property in Malaga

Brief Summary
Explaining a method for locating septic tank systems

What are septic tank systems?
Waste treatment systems (septic tanks) are used in areas where connection to the town sewer system is not presently available. A basic system consists of one or two sealed tanks with connecting leach drains. The septic tanks are concrete precast in a factory and transported to site for installation.

The shapes of the holding tanks are commonly rectangular or round design with split lids.

Sewer sonde and EM detection receiver and ground penetrating radar Application: A sewer sonde is inserted into an inspection opening and pushed along the sewer pipe to the septic tank where the signal generated from the sonde is detected by the EM receiver to locate the sonde current position.

Finding the location of a septic tank system for decommissioning Subject site
A residential property in Malaga suburb of Perth Western Australia recently had the town sewer service connected by the previous owner. Yet still required to decommission the existing septic tanks. There were no site drawings available as to where the existing septic tanks had been installed.

Redundant sewer piping was located and a sonde (signal transmitter) was inserted into the piping for tracking and locating the tank position. The image below shows the septic tank inspection hole in the split lid approximately 200mm below the pavers.

FAQ - Septic Tanks

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Q. Does every house have a septic tank?

A. Depends on where the property is located. For example, if in a country area where there is no deep sewer system available than highly likely that you will have some form of septic tank system.

Q. How do I know if a property has a septic tank?

A. Look for physical structures above ground or ground level i.e., exposed concrete septic tank lids, an inspection opening or the diverter valve. Note sometimes the septic tanks may be below ground level.

Q. How do I know if my property is connected to a deep sewer?

A. Lodging a Before You Dig (BYD Australia) enquiry, check with water corporation and check with your local shire or council.

Q. Where can I find information about septic tank systems for my property?

A. Inquire with your state’s local shire or council to check on documents and drawings that may have been submitted for building works.