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leebtattoos
08-26-2010, 06:15 PM
how much weight can be put on a septic tank? i have one buried in the back yard of my townhome and want to know how much weight can be placed over it. like a small above ground pool? (trust me, its needed with my guests this weekend ;) )

shaft_slinger00
08-26-2010, 06:19 PM
is it filled in, or is the dirt just over the top of the lid? should hold a good amount of weight as long as the lid isnt cracked.:eek:

leebtattoos
08-26-2010, 06:22 PM
is it filled in, or is the dirt just over the top of the lid? should hold a good amount of weight as long as the lid isnt cracked.:eek:

no clue. its been there for a long time. this is a 70's built building. very " Brady Bunch-ish" ;)b

shaft_slinger00
08-26-2010, 06:24 PM
so you are on city sewer? i wouldnt worry about it much.

froghunter
08-26-2010, 06:28 PM
dont trust it!!!!! old tanks corrode and are weak. water is 8.333333333 pounds a gallon plus pool and people weight. I have seen them collapse under the weight of soil only. better safe than sorry.

Downwind
08-26-2010, 06:44 PM
I would agree with Froghunter unless it is a kidde pool. If it caved in you would have quite a mess.:eek:

mchildress
08-26-2010, 06:50 PM
Like said above I would not trust it. I have seen several cave in on their own.

BigL
08-26-2010, 08:21 PM
I can only imagine the guests you have coming over. Take the risk and get all on video!

BigL
08-26-2010, 08:22 PM
I did have a question but think of Lee's guest had me distracted! My septic is new (less than 4 yrs old) but I want some work done in the backyard that requires a bobcat. Best way for the bobcat to get in is to drive over the septic. Is that too much weight or will it be ok?

Shaun
08-26-2010, 08:22 PM
I can only imagine the guests you have coming over. Take the risk and get all on video!

LOL!!!! That would be some nasty LDP'S!!!!!;)b

TxAg
08-26-2010, 10:33 PM
Risk it...set up a game cam!

LeanMachine
08-27-2010, 07:57 AM
Size of the tanks wil also be a factor. The larger the tank, the larger the diameter of the lid. Thus the larger unsupported area. I personally say it is worth the risk. The pool is going to spead the weight out quite a bit.

BigL, If you must go over the tank, try to skirt the edge of it. Use a punch rod to locate it. A bobcat place a lot of weight on a small area.

holdem
08-27-2010, 08:14 AM
Don't do it, it ain't worth it.

alec73065
08-27-2010, 08:20 AM
70's era tank , not real strict oversight back then . Might be quite a risk. My FIL drove over his in a skid loader , had to use the house moving boom to get it out . That was a SH**** job . He drove over it once but on the return trip , bloop down he went .

Montec man
08-27-2010, 08:29 AM
I drive my lawn mower over my tank all the time when doing the lawn. No problems YET.

BIG D
08-27-2010, 08:36 AM
At first look, I thought this thread was titled random septic tank pictures :D. As far as load rating on the septic tank top slab, our concrete guy at work says, it wont handle much weight.

J-Bone
08-27-2010, 08:47 AM
My neighbors found out three weeks ago that their septic tank would quite hold a dozer.:eek: As for a pool, I have no clue.

smokin6.7
08-27-2010, 09:31 AM
I drive over mine all the time with a 95 HP John Deere pulling a 15' bush hog. Haven't fell in yet.