5 Tips to Protect Your Septic Tank in Phoenix, Arizona
Septic tanks are one of those things that everyone forgets about…until they malfunction. Then they quickly become the center of attention. Paradise Valley Septic & Drilling has been working and servicing Arizona since 1958; we have seen it all and we want to prevent you from making some common mistakes when it comes to the care and maintenance of your septic tank.
Remember maintenance is the key word when it comes to septic tanks. Take care of them properly and listen to the professionals and you should remain in the clear.
1. We do this with our cars and with our plumbing, delay maintenance until we have destroyed our carpet with a leak or are left stranded on the side of the freeway in the Arizona heat. Be smart; don’t delay any regular upkeep and perform routine maintenance when it comes to your septic tank. There isn’t a septic tank problem in the world that gets better with time. If you are beginning to get that feeling that everything might not be quite up to par with your septic tank, call a professional. We happen to know a good one at: 480.607.7763
2. Septic tanks should not be out of sight and out of mind. If you get routine inspections we won’t let a problem or an issue get out-of-hand and you will have the peace of mind knowing that you are not going to wake up to a disaster.
3. So how often should you get your septic tank pumped? That is going to depend on many variables, but the rule-of-thumb is 1-3 years for a 3-bedroom house. When deciding how often you should pump your tank you should take into consideration: how many people live in your home, the size of your tank and other living habits, like do you routinely use a garbage disposal to rid your kitchen of food waste? If you do, you are dumping 50% more solid waste down your drain and into your septic tank then people who scrape off food into the trash first.
4. One mistake that many people make is that they direct outdoor drainage systems toward the septic tank. You do not want to do this. The goal is to keep as little water as possible out of the septic tank. By directing natural runoffs and flows to your septic tank, you are asking for trouble. If you are worried about soil erosion in your drain field, planting grass can help out a lot. Make sure that you keep trees at least 100 feet away from your tank as well; their roots can cause severe damage to the tank.
5. We’ve all done it. We all have that nagging little lazy bone. Sometimes it is just easier to flush it down. But don’t; throw it away… your toilet is not a garbage can, everything that goes down it will end up in your septic tank and if it is something not compatible with your system, that lazy action can quickly become one expensive mistake.
Follow these 5 easy, basic tips and you will sleep a little better at night. Albert Einstein said “intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” Be a genius when it comes to your septic tank and prevent problems before they happen.