Septic: From A to Z

Tips To Protect Your Lawn During Septic Pumping

Septic pumping is a routine service with few complications. However, the septic contractor's equipment might affect your lawn. Below are some useful tips to minimize the effects.

Mark Your Tank's Location

Know where your septic tank is located, mark it, and point it to the contractor upon arrival. Here are some tips for locating the septic tank for the first time:

  • Ask the previous homeowner
  • Follow the main building drain from the house
  • Consult a septic contractor for help
  • Check parts of your home with patchy or sparse plant growth

Once you know the location, mark it so that you don't have to go through the processes every time. A stake or any other visible marker will work.

Clear the Area Around the Tank

Ensure the area around the tank is clear and the contractor and their helpers can reach it easily. Lawn furniture, logs, outdoor tools, and vegetation should not block the contractor's path to the septic tank. Inaccessibility increases the work time and might force the contractors to alternative routes that might damage the lawn.

Note that you should never have heavy objects or equipment, at the septic tank's location, such as cars. If you have such objects near the septic tank lid, use the pumping opportunity to remove them and never return the objects.

Communicate With the Contractor

You know your home best, the best paths to follow to your septic tank, and the most sensitive parts of your lawn. For example, parts with newly planted grass, parts you have been trying to rejuvenate, and wet lawn parts might be more susceptible to damage than other parts.

Point out the sensitive parts to your contractor and the alternative paths they can use. The contractor will try to accommodate your wishes as much as possible. Too many restrictions might prolong the pumping duration and increase its overall cost.

Protect the Lawn

You can also use plywood to protect sensitive lawn parts that the contractor and crew cannot avoid. Lay the plywood on the ground and let the heavy equipment go on top of the plywood. Flat surfaces spread pressure and limit lawn damage.

Give the Lawn Some TLC after Pumping

Post-pumping care and cleanup will restore your lawn to its previous state. The necessary TLC depends on your lawn's age, damage extent, and size, among other factors. For example, you may have to replant severely affected areas. Most pumping services don't require much more than yard clean-up after the work is done.

To learn more, contact a septic cleaning service in your area such as Bobby Davis Jr Septic Tank Service.