BE GOOD TO YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM—IT COULD SAVE YOU MORE THAN ONE HEADACHE.
Homeowners living within the limits of a municipality are most often linked to the public sewer system. However, those living outside city boundaries may or may not receive community sewer services. More often than not, many out-of-city residents rely on a septic system to treat their wastewater.
Now, before you start listing all of the reasons why septic systems are a pain in the neck, consider the recent news story about Paradise Valley residents getting charged up to 500% more than the going rate for city-provided water and sewer services.
WHEN A SURCHARGE IS MORE THAN A SURCHARGE
More than 900 Paradise Valley residents who receive sewer (or sewer and water) services from the city of Phoenix are currently involved in an ongoing debate with city officials over what they consider to be unfair charges.
While the law allows for surcharges to be applied to outside-city sewer customers, many Paradise Valley residents are paying five or six times more than inside-city customers—which they say is far beyond the “just and reasonable” fees the city is obligated to provide.
BET YOU’RE LOOKING AT YOUR SEPTIC TANK A LITTLE MORE FONDLY NOW
No? Here is something else to consider.
Paradise Valley Septic was recently called out to a home where the septic system had failed.
The homeowner lives in a place where city sewer services are now available, therefore it was illegal to replace the failed septic system. Instead, they had to make the switch to city sewer services.
You can probably guess where we’re going with this.
A PROPERLY MAINTAINED SEPTIC SYSTEM WILL FUNCTION FOR 25 TO 30 YEARS
That’s a pretty long time, and well worth it to help you avoid the predicament many Paradise Valley residents are finding themselves in.
The average septic system should be inspected every one to three years. In addition, follow these tips to maximize the life of your septic system:
- Use less water. Excessive water use will prevent the drain field from absorbing water efficiently which can lead to overflow problems.
- Be careful about what you flush. Solids that can’t be broken down naturally in a septic tank (e.g. egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit skins or other food waste) will typically find their way into drainage pipes and clog them.
- Avoid dumping chemicals down the drain. Paint, drain openers, gasoline, motor oils and other harsh chemicals are hazardous to the environment and can be harmful to the bacteria in your septic tank.
DON’T HESITATE TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL
The most common problem associated with a septic system is lack of maintenance. Regular maintenance can help keep your system healthy and in top working order.
If you have questions about ongoing maintenance or it’s been a while since your tank has been serviced, don’t hesitate to contact us. Paradise Valley Septic has been proudly serving the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas for over 50 years, and our experienced technicians do it all—from materials and installation to maintenance and repair.