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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiding Your Septic Tank

Posted by ADB Septic on August 14, 2017

Septic System Covered With Fake Rocks and Tall GrassAs useful as septic systems are, they don’t always fit in with the landscaping of your property. Septic tank lids and other protruding elements of your system are often unsightly. In order to improve the aesthetic of your property, you’ll want to hide the tank. Here are some tips for hiding your septic tank without causing damage.


Plant Trees

You might think that trees are an easy way to hide anything unsightly on your property. However, planting trees near your septic system can cause damage. Roots can grow into the pipes or get tangled in in your septic system, damaging the system and disrupting its normal flow. You should never plant trees closer than 25 feet away from your drain field and system.

Plant Grass Over the Cover

Grass might seem like a quick solution, but placing anything permanent over your septic tank cover is a bad idea. Each time you need to perform maintenance on your system or pump your tank, you’ll have to dig up the grass. Instead, cover your tank with something easily removed.

Build a Fence

Building a fence can cover up your septic tank, but you should be sure to monitor how deep you plant the posts. When posts are to deep into the soil, they could damage your septic tank and affect the waste flow. Additionally, if these posts are planted deep into the drain field, it can compact the drain field and render it ineffective.

Plant a Vegetable Garden

A garden is a great addition to your home to give you healthy vegetables and can improve the aesthetic of your yard. However, using a vegetable garden to mask your septic system is a bad choice. The waste from your system can very easily end up in your garden before it’s been properly treated, leading to contamination. When you grow vegetables near your septic system, they could contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous.

Place Heavy Items on Top

Heavy items like lawn ornaments, gazebos, cars, and heavy machinery should never be placed on top of your septic system. These items can put pressure on your system, causing damage. Additionally, when placed on top of a drain field, these items will compact the soil, which will damage the flow of the drain field.


Plant Grasses Around the Lid

You should never plant grass directly over the lid of your septic system, as it will make maintenance more difficult. However, tall grass planted around your lid will successfully hide your septic tank lid without detracting from your landscape.

Place a Light Lawn Ornament on Top

Heavy items should never be placed on top of your septic tank lid, but light items that can be easily removed are a great option for covering. Lawn ornaments such as statues, birdbaths, and potted plants can all cover your septic tank lid properly while improving the overall look of your property.

Use Rocks

Artificial landscape rocks are a great way to hide your septic tank. They are lightweight and easily removed and they will look great with your landscaping. Moveable rock gardens can look great as well. Because they are temporary and easily shifted around, they will not inhibit septic system maintenance.

Create a Mosaic Lid Cover

One option that many people choose to hide their septic tank is to make the lid look appealing, rather than masking it. Creating a mosaic design with small tiles over your concrete lid will look great and help the lid stand out less on your property.

Paint the Lid

If none of these masking options suit your needs, you can always paint the lid. Painting the lid the same color as its surroundings will help it easily blend in without disrupting any functionality. This option is a quick, easy solution to improve the look of your septic system.


ADB Septic | CT Septic Systems

A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.

If you have held off on getting your septic system pumped due to cost, don’t wait any longer. Call ADB Septic for a free estimate to discover how much it will cost to get your septic system back in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Septic System Landscaping, Septic System, Septic System Coverage

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