Fill the septic tank with sand??


Old 04-17-03, 05:29 AM
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Fill the septic tank with sand??

My house currently has a septic tank but I am planning on connecting to sewers within the next couple of months. Originally I was told to have the septic tank drained and filled with sand once it would no longer be in use. But then I was told that because it is a solid-built tank, that would not be necessary. Does anyone know what the deal is with this? Is it safe to leave the tank empty or should it be filled? Also, we have a lot of dirt left over from landscaping projects, and I was wondering if we could just fill the tank with the dirt instead of sand? Or would that be bad?

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 04-17-03, 07:33 AM
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It would be better to pump the tank and fill it with any type of dirt. Anything heavy driven across it can collapse into the tank, if you don't.
Contact your Health Department for guidance, and have them make a record that it was pumped and properly filled in.
There may be a smal linspection fee by them, but it will be worth it to you if you ever sell the property.
Good Luck!
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