Understanding Septic Tank Covers vs. Risers

Understanding Septic Tank Covers vs. Risers

21st May 2020

If you have a septic tank, odds are, it is buried in your front or backyard. A septic tank cover can help you identify where the tank is located, making it easier to identify when you need to clean the tank or add additives to it. If you have never heard of a septic tank cover or riser before, you may have some questions. Here are a few of the questions you may have about a septic tank cover.

Am I Required to Have a Septic Tank Cover?

Many people use the terms septic tank lid and septic tank cover interchangeably. However, they are two different products. A septic tank lid covers the opening to your septic tank. It may be a flat lid or may be a septic tank riser lid. A septic tank lid is required to be in place. This prevents children and small animals from falling into the septic tank. A septic tank cover is a cover that is typically shaped and colored like a rock. It fits over a septic tank riser to help cover the riser. A septic tank cover is not something that you are required to have.

What is a Septic Tank Riser?

As was mentioned above, you can either have a flat lid covering your septic tank or a septic tank riser. The septic tank riser is typically 12 to 30 inches off of the ground. It covers the hole yet has an opening so you can easily add septic additives to the tank or check your fill level with ease. It also helps prevent dirt and grass from growing around the opening, making the lid hard to open.