Ka-Boom! Can a Septic Tank Spontaneously Combust?

Put out that cigarette before nearing the septic tank or trapped methane gas could blow that lid sky-high, causing serious injury or death.
Ka-Boom! Can a Septic Tank Spontaneously Combust?
Jim Anderson, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water and Climate and recipient of the pumping industry’s Ralph Macchio Lifetime Achievement Award. Email Jim questions about septic system maintenance and operation at editor@pumper.com.

A couple of months ago, I read a news story about a septic tank that exploded and started a fire, destroying a home. Could this really happen? The answer is yes, it can happen and it is easier than you might think.

Over the years, I’ve written a few columns about septic...

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