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    Question What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Was inspecting a 60-70 yr old home in Collinsgwood, NJ last week, and saw this metal cover on the ground at the left front side of the house that said Sanitation Vault. It was filled with dirt and did not seem to be in use. What could it be? Part of an old septic system? well system? Drainage?

    The homes on this street have been public sewer for decades.

    Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    I've heard septic tanks called "vaults" before, so I think you are probably right thinking it is (was) an old septic tank.

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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Okay, thanks JP.


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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Size??? Could have been a below grade trash can receptale.


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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Ralph - True. didn't think of that one. It's about 12 inches in diameter. The lid, that is.


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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Pat,

    Do you have a photo?

    If flat and heavy steel, it is likely a septic tank lid.

    If domed, light weight, and hinged, it is likely that trash can receptacle.

    Recently, there was a thread with a photo of one, did it look like that one (domed and hinged)?

    I've never heard those things called "vaults" though.

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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    Flat, steel.


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    Default Re: What is a Sanitation Vault?

    It's definitely for garbage. My mother lives in a retirement community in South Jersey, and every single house has one. They still use them.


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