Do’s and Don’ts of Septic Tank Self-Inspection

Septic tank requires maintenance at regular time intervals as little deviation in this may come up with harmful results. If you have septic tank installed near your home then make sure that you get it emptied annually and also undertake interim self-inspections. These self-inspections may be carried out safely as the wrong inspection method may turn out to be life-threatening. We have assembled this list of do’s and don’ts for those thinking of self-inspecting the septic tank. This will help to check the probable hazards caused either because of wrong inspection method or septic tank failure.


Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Inspection


  • Check for any depression around the septic tank. Any unusual depression even at some distance from septic tank may be alarming. If you find some sort of depression or softening of the ground near septic tank then immediately cordon the area and call for the expert help as it may turn out to be dangerous.
  • Next you may check the septic tank cover and see if it is in right condition. If you find it broken or faulty then put a danger board and get the new cover as somebody may accidently step on it and fall into the tank.
  • Once you have inspected the surroundings and the tank opening, your next move should be to visually inspect the septic tank from inside. After opening, if the sewage levels are exceptionally high in the tank or if the sewage levels are unusually low in the tank then in both the cases you need to call the technician.
  • The concrete tank may be checked for cracks developed on the walls while the steel tanks are prone to corrosion. For plastic tanks you have to check any drain plug issues or cracks due to some thrust.


  • Inspect the septic tank externally and in no case enter the tank unless you have undergone any training for the same. There are harmful gases released in the septic tank and may be hazardous to inhale.
  • While inspecting the tank interiors, just open the cover and inspect from safe distance. Don’t lean inside the tank or avoid going too near to the tank as the hazardous gases may interfere with your senses and prove fatal.
  • If it is dark inside the tank and you are unable to check the sewage levels then leave this task for the experts. Don’t ignite any flame inside the tank to illuminate it as there is methane gas in and around the tank which may explode if it comes in contact with flame. This gas is highly explosive and would burn even if you lit a cigarette while standing near the tank.
  • If you find anything wrong within or around the septic tank then avoid self-inspection and call the experts as they have the correct tools and mechanism to handle such problems.

The above do’s and don’ts may not be ignored if you have septic tank near your home as you would never want it to be hazardous to you or your family.