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10 Decorative Septic Tank Cover Ideas (Dos and Don'ts)

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If you have a septic tank in your backyard, then you know that it can be an eyesore. There are many different ways that you can cover up your septic tank and make it blend in with your landscaping.

There are definitely dos and don'ts when it comes to covering your septic tank. Here are 10 ideas to get you started - however - if you are unsure what you can and can't do, make sure to consult a professional (and let them know what you're planning on actually doing - even if you think it is safe) so you don't cause any potential issues down the line with the tank.

1. Rockeries

This is a great way to cover up your septic tank and add some interest to your landscaping at the same time. Use large rocks to create a mini rock garden around your septic tank lid. Try not to use rocks that are too small, as they can be a choking hazard for small children and animals.

2. Plant Grass

One of the simplest ways to cover up your drain field is to just plant grass over it. You can either sow grass seed or lay down pre-grown turf. Be sure to water the area regularly so that the grass will grow well. Grow it around the lid and over the top of the tank for the best results.

However, you should not have grass that is covering the top of the septic tank cover specifically, as you need to have maintenance on the tank as well as pump outs. Consult a professional on this if you're unsure.

3. Old Wine and Whiskey Barrels

If you have some old wine or whiskey barrels lying around, put them to good use by using them to cover your septic tank. Cut a hole in the barrel so that the lid of the tank is accessible. You can either paint the barrels or leave them as is for a rustic look.

4. Rustic Wooden Box

This is a great option if you want to add a bit of charm to your outdoor space. Build or buy a wooden box that is big enough to cover the septic tank lid. You can either paint it or leave it natural. Add some greenery, such as ferns, and place it over the lid. Again, though, make sure you can easily access the lid or interrupt the tank in any way.

5. Wooden Deck

You could use old pallets that you can recycle to create a wooden deck around your septic tank. This is a great way to upcycle, and it will also create a nice space for you to relax in your backyard. Make sure you have enough space around the tank so that you can access the lid easily.

6. Gravel

Gravel is a great way to cover up your septic tank, and it's also very low-maintenance. Just spread a layer of gravel around it. You could also use pebbles or stones instead of gravel.

7. Potted Plants

Potted plants are a great way to cover up your septic tank and add some color to your outdoor space. Choose plants that are low-maintenance and can tolerate being in the sun. Place the pots around the septic tank lid.

8. Trellis

A trellis is a great way to add some privacy to your backyard, and it can also be used to cover up your septic tank. Place the trellis around the septic tank or over the top of it. You could even grow vines or climbing plants on the trellis to add some greenery.

Be careful not to plant anything that has invasive roots, and the posts are relatively easy to move - if you go too deep, for example, they could damage the septic tank.

9. Mosaic Lid Covers

If you're feeling creative, you could make your own mosaic lid covers for your septic tank. This is a great way to add some personality to your outdoor space. You can use any type of mosaic tiles that you like.

10. Septic Tank Covers

You can get dedicated septic tank covers that are made to blend in with your landscaping. These come in a variety of colors and styles, so you're sure to find one that will work well with your outdoor space. Be sure to get a cover that is the right size for your septic tank.

Dos and Don'ts for Septic Tank Covers

Now that you have some ideas for how to cover up your septic tank, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Do

  • Consult a professional on your plan.
  • Make sure the cover is big enough to fit over the entire septic tank lid.
  • Choose a material that is durable and will last for years.
  • Go for a neutral color that will blend in with your landscaping.
  • Make sure you can still easily access the lid of the septic tank.

Don't

  • Pant trees too close (generally, it is best to avoid them).
  • Plant anything with invasive roots, as they could damage the septic tank.
  • Use heavy materials around the tank.
  • Use a material that is not weather-resistant, as it will quickly deteriorate.
  • Allow your pets to dig around the tank.
  • Damage the tank.

Get Creative With Decorative Septic Tank Covers

Use a combination of the above ideas or get creative and come up with your own ideas to cover up your septic tank. Remember, the goal is to choose a material that is durable, weather-resistant, and easy to maintain - whilst, of course, also actually covering the septic tank.

Most importantly, make sure you can still easily access the septic tank lid in case you need to perform maintenance on the tank. With a little bit of creativity, you can find a septic tank cover that is both functional and stylish.

Make sure you do your research on what can and cannot go over a septic tank, as you do not want to cause any damage. Also, be sure to get a cover that is the right size for your septic tank.

The Bottom Line

A septic tank is a necessary part of any home that is not connected to a sewage system. It is important to maintain your septic tank and keep it in good working order. One way to do this is to choose a septic tank cover that is durable and easy to maintain.

With a little bit of creativity, you can find a septic tank cover that is both functional and stylish. Do your research to make sure you choose a material that will not damage your septic tank, and be sure to get a cover that is the right size for your septic tank.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck