Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-04-2010, 10:30 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 4,098
Share |
Default

Logs landing on a septic tank


I had 2 Walnut trees cut down in my yard today.

There was so much going on, other than the tree guys being here, that I didn't think to tell them that the septic tank is right next to one of the trees.

As the logs were being cut and dropped to the ground, they were landing over one of the tanks. The logs are different sizes, but average 14"-20" across and from 24"-30" long.

My question is - Is it likely that the tank would be damaged? How strong are those tanks? They're made of cement.

Oh, and while I'm at it, I have another question.

It's possible that some of the logs landed over the pipe that leads from the house to the septic tank. Do you think that pipe would be underground far enough to where it would not have been damaged?

I don't know if this matters, but the ground is soft from all the rain we had last week, but not wet. The soil is loamy.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Barb

gma2rjc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2010, 06:27 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: NW Minnesota
Posts: 109
Default

Logs landing on a septic tank


How far of a drop??? I would think that everything is far enough underground. I am assuming the logs didn't fall on top of the tank lid. My tank lid is cement (tank is metal), and would have cracked.

I would be a bit more worried if they drove a several ton truck on top of the drain field or any other part of the system, in order to get to the tree.

Good luck.

Bill7 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bill7 For This Useful Post:
gma2rjc (06-05-2010)
Old 06-05-2010, 04:22 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada (s/w ON.)
Posts: 2,294
Default

Logs landing on a septic tank


Usually concrete tanks are made using reinforcing and are very substantial.
Unless the top is near the surface its not too likely to be damaged.
If you are really concerned, you could dig down, remove the covers and inspect the under-side of the top.
The tank should be pumped periodically, so it would be a good time to get this taken care of.
The intake and output pipes are probably about 12" below the top of the upper surface of the tank. So depending on how deep the tank is in the ground, would factor in, on how likely these pipes are, to be damaged.
Wildie is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Wildie For This Useful Post:
gma2rjc (06-05-2010)
Old 06-05-2010, 06:10 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 4,098
Default

Logs landing on a septic tank


Thank you Wildie and Bill7. In August it will be 3 years since the tanks have been pumped. I'm supposed to have it done then, but I'm going to have it done this month instead.

When I call to schedule it, I'll ask the gal if they can look things over for me.

I asked the tree guy and a few other people and they all say the same thing, that it's probably not damaged.

Thanks again for your help!

Barb
gma2rjc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
septic tank problems. littles Plumbing 1 02-24-2010 09:30 PM
Adding a roof over deck/patio, close to septic tank ncpaladin Building & Construction 0 02-21-2010 12:15 PM
Garage over Septic tank and Leach lines canyonbc Building & Construction 11 01-13-2010 10:48 PM
Foul smell from abandon septic tank in house tsduncster Plumbing 12 12-19-2009 08:55 AM
How big is the opening on top of a septic tank? tomseeley Plumbing 7 06-11-2009 06:04 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.