Locating a Septic Tank

We believe you should be able to see what and how an inspection is done before you call us to schedule your inspection.

The AT-12 or FT-8 transmitters are small enough to pass though 3 inch lines. You can free-flush it through the plumbing to the tank or to the blockage, whichever comes first. When you open the tank, the bright colored transmitter should be found floating near the inlet baffle. Once retrieved, turn it off so you can use it on the next job. When the battery dies, recycle it by returning it to Prototek in the supplied pre-paid mailer and earn credit toward your next purchase.

How do I turn a flushable transmitter on and off? The little black disk in the slot is a magnet that controls the power inside the transmitter. Push it with a nail, key or screwdriver toward "ON" to turn it on, toward "OFF" to turn it off. Be sure to store it in the OFF position.

Always turn on the transmitter and receiver before the locate and confirm that they are both operating properly. Make sure you can detect the transmitter from about 12 feet away to ensure you are getting full range.

Retrieving the Transmitter

If the dig-up is to be done later, attach a fishing line or string to the eyelet so that the transmitter can be pulled back out of the line. You can also use this method to slow its voyage so the line can be traced. Or use a push rod through a cleanout, roof vent or toilet line (with toilet removed). If there is a possibility that the septic tank is made of steel (which will completely block the signal from either of these transmitters), send it down the line with the fishing line attached. If you lose signal suddenly, it's a good sign that it's reached a steel tank. Pull back slowly on the line until you detect the signal again. This location will be the inlet point of the tank.