06 May 2024

How to Install a Riser onto a Bloo Septic Tank: A Step - by - Step Guide

If you have ever dealt with the hassle of accessing and emptying a sewage holding tank, you know it can be quite a task. But there is a solution that can significantly ease the process: Septic Tank Risers.

For those unfamiliar, these are cleverly designed to eliminate the need for excavating the septic site each time the tank requires pumping out and for ease of inspections over the years of its use.

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In this guide, we will walk you through the step – by – step process of installing a riser on a Bloo septic tank. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cordless drill and 5/16” hex socket head bit.
  • Caulking gun
  • Silicone Sealant
  • Handsaw (if the riser needs to be shortened)
  • Additional timber screws – recommend approx. 40mm length.

Step 1 – Removing the Lid

Unscrew the supplied lid using your cordless drill and a 5/16” hex bit.

Step 2 – Making a seal for the Riser

Run a bead of silicone around the recess where the lid was resting, if you need to cut the riser to size, do this before applying silicone. (refer to step 3)

Step 3 - Trimming the Riser (if required)

The Bloo risers are approximately 500mm in length and upon inspection you will notice there are some guidelines scribed along the risers approximately every 50mm, helping you to trim it to your specific needs.

Step 4 - Installing the Riser

Insert the riser into the recess and ensure its properly seated in the silicone by giving it a bit of a wriggle. You should be able to see some silicone rise if you have got enough spread out. Secure it by using a minimum of 4 screws ensuring a tight fit until the silicone sets, allowing you to backfill. As a precaution, apply a bead of silicone around the outside edge of the riser to prevent groundwater from interfering with its function. If using multiple risers, ensure each one is securely sealed with silicone and screws.

Step 5 - Replacing the Lid

After the riser is securely installed and before screwing back down the lid with the original screws, run a bead of silicone to ensure a watertight seal.

Note: If installing the riser deeply, we DO NOT recommend using more than two in an installation. The weight of the surrounding soil and groundwater action may compromise the tank's integrity.

Consider the Benefits

Next time you are thinking about updating or purchasing a septic tank, consider adding a riser.
It can significantly reduce the cost and hassle of maintenance by making the tank easily accessible, making your life a lot easier without dealing with messy sewage and excavated dirt.

At Orion Australia we have witnessed numerous installations over the years, some successful and others not so much.
If you have any questions about your installation or need guidance, feel free to give us a call. We're here to help you navigate through the process.