ASTM C1719 - 11

Standard Test Method for Installed Precast Concrete Tanks and Accessories by the Negative Air Pressure (Vacuum) Test Prior to Backfill

This standard is a part of ASTM Book of Standards Volume 04.05

Annotation and contents

Source of this annotation and contents: ASTM International.

Significance and Use

This is not a routine test. The values recorded are applicable only to the tank being tested and at the time of testing. This test is intended only to demonstrate the sealing effectiveness of the installed system. Structural design of the tank is defined or demonstrated within the scope of other applicable specifications and test methods, including Specification C1227.

1. Scope

1.1 This test method covers procedures for testing precast concrete tanks (and installed accessories) used for on-site wastewater treatment, grease interception, grit/oil separation, water storage, or other applications requiring watertight construction and installation. This test method uses partial vacuum to demonstrate the integrity of the installed materials and the construction processes.

1.2 This test method is intended to be used to demonstrate the condition of the installed system (precast concrete tank and accessories) prior to backfill.

1.3 Testing of the system before backfill is necessary so as to preclude inadvertent structural overloading of the system components during the test.

Note 1—Vacuum test criteria presented in this test method are similar to those in general use. The test and criteria have been widely and successfully used in testing manholes as specified in Test Method C1244.

1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

ASTM Standards

C822 Terminology Relating to Concrete Pipe and Related Products

C1227 Specification for Precast Concrete Septic Tanks

C1244 Test Method for Concrete Sewer Manholes by the Negative Air Pressure (Vacuum) Test Prior to Backfill

Alternate designation

  • ASTM C 1719
  • ASTM C1719-11
  • ASTM C 1719-11