Remember our blog a few months ago about how to prepare your septic system for monsoon season? Good news! It’s almost over. If you took the time to follow our advice, that should mean you can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

As we head into September and the heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash floods begin to diminish, now is the perfect time to check in on your septic system and make sure it survived the season intact.


If Mother Nature has mellowed out but the water over your drainfield still hasn’t receded, you could have a problem. Standing water that doesn’t resolve is a sign your drainfield may be failing. If that happens, your septic tank may overflow and cause sinks and toilets to drain slowly or back up into your home or office.

Other indications you may have a drainfield problem? A strong sewage odor outdoors or inside the residence, and a black slimy substance on the ground above your septic tank or field lines. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call a professional right away.


Monsoon season can be rough on your septic system, and sometimes silt and debris can make their way into your septic tank. If you think this is the case, there’s a good chance your septic system needs to be pumped.

If you want to try to assess the damage on your own, make sure the water has receded enough that you can safely open your tank. If don’t feel comfortable taking a peek, call the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We’ve been taking care of septic systems in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas since 1958, which means we’ve been through a monsoon season or two and know exactly what to look for.


Living in Arizona means taking a few extra precautions before and after monsoon season to keep your septic system running smoothly. Even if you don’t see an immediate problem, consider having a septic inspection performed after things calm down to ensure your system is still in good shape.

A certified inspector will conduct a thorough examination of your drainfield and all of your tank components so you can rest assured knowing your septic system will live to see another season. If we do see a problem, we’ll notify you immediately and get it taken care of as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.


Before, during and after monsoon season, the experienced technicians at Paradise Valley Septic are here to help with all of your septic system needs. You can count on us for regular maintenance throughout the year, but we’re also here when things go wrong and you need unexpected repairs.

Contact us today to find out more or set up an appointment.

Monsoon Season Is Coming: How to Prepare Your Septic System


With monsoon season approaching, it’s time to take precautions to ensure that your septic system doesn’t backup during the heavy rains.

It‘s possible for a compromised septic system to send waste water back into your home, leaving you with with a costly repair bill and the scent of regret. So, here’s how to keep your system flowing smoothly:

Monsoon Proof Your Septic System Beforehand

  • Make sure your system has been properly serviced and inspected by a professional. A poorly maintained septic system can turn big rains into a big mess.
  • Walk your drainfield and make sure the dirt isn’t compacted. Compressed dirt is less absorbent and won’t be as effective during wet weather.
  • Clean gutters and keep drainage and house runoff from flowing into your drainage field. Keeping excess water out of the drainfield will help prevent your septic system from overloading and backing up.

It’s Already Raining and There’s a Problem…

  • If the drains in your home are slowing and the toilets don’t flush with their usual vigor, your system is struggling. If the drainfield is flooded, you need to begin to reduce the amount of water going down the drain.
  • Conserve water to allow the drainfield to catch up. Don’t flush until you have to, and put off taking a shower.
  • Call a professional!

You Can See Clearly Now, The Rains Are Gone

  • After the heavy rains, is your drainfield still saturated? Chances are, your system may have sustained damaged and will need to be pumped as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect dirt or debris got into the system, it will also need to be pumped.

With some planning, and a little vigilance, monsoon season doesn’t have to lead to costly repairs. If you have questions or concerns about your septic system give us a call and let us set your system right.

6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy Paradise Valley Septic

6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy


A septic system is a complicated beast. It’s in our best interest to keep that beast happy, healthy and in good working order.

In a septic system’s elimination process, the drainfield serves as the beast’s digestive system. What goes in, must come out. Everything that goes down the drain gets sorted and eventually makes its way to the drainfield, where nature takes over. It’s really an amazing process.

But, in order to keep things working smoothly, we must keep the drainfield healthy. Here are six ways to do just that: