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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A SEPTIC SYSTEM?

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So, you’ve decided to install a septic system. Maybe you just bought land and want to build a new home. Or, perhaps it’s time to replace an old tank after 20-something years. Whatever the reason, you’re undoubtedly excited to take the leap and upgrade your property. It’s a thrilling time for any homeowner!

But when you’ve got laundry to do and guests to host, you might wonder how long it takes to install a septic system. After all, a functional home relies on a working septic system, so it’s important to understand the projected timeline.

Here’s what you need to know so you can plan accordingly.

 

BEFORE INSTALLATION BEGINS

Like building a car or house, installing a septic system takes careful planning. Moreover, the process involves much more than digging up the soil and dropping in a tank. It calls for a series of critical tasks and steps.

This will include:

1. Percolation Test

A percolation test determines the soil’s texture, consistency, and volume. It also checks how well the soil can filter wastewater correctly. This ensures a septic tank can be installed on your property to begin with. It’s an extremely important test, especially in the desert soil or Arizona.

This step involves scheduling and completing the test, as well as receiving the results. This can take up to three weeks.

 

2. Permit

Hopefully, your property is approved for an Arizona septic tank and its accompanying drain field. If so, you’ll need to get a permit from your city. Every county and city have different requirements, so it’s crucial to check with your local codes.

Generally, the application and approval process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. But again, this will be different for each area.

 

3. Design

After you have acquired the necessary permits, an engineer can plan your septic system and drain field. The details will depend on many factors, like the slope of your land and nearby trees. If you work with a reliable and professional septic system provider, they should be able to coordinate the design process.

Because your septic system must be designed to suit your property, this step can take two to three weeks or longer.

 

HOW LONG DOES INSTALLATION TAKE?

After you’ve received the percolation test, permits, and design plans, it’s time to schedule your professional septic tank installation.

From start to finish, the installation process can anywhere from several days to three weeks.

Again, the completion time will depend on a wide range of factors, including your property, soil, and size of septic tank. The process will also involve one or more inspections to confirm everything is going according to plan.

 

PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC IS READY TO INSTALL YOUR NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM

Every septic system is different. Therefore, it’s impossible to know precisely how long it takes to install a septic system. But with a reliable provider like Paradise Valley Septic, you can obtain a customized estimation from the very beginning.

For more than 50 years, we’ve provided residential septic services to homes and businesses in the Phoenix Valley. Our experienced technicians are also well-versed in Arizona’s desert land, so we know how to handle the unique soil in our area.

After learning about your needs and inspecting your property, we can estimate how long the project may take. So, whether you’re moving into a new home or hosting a party, you’ll be able to plan ahead.

Paradise Valley Septic can take care of your regular maintenance and pumping needs as well. To learn more, contact us at (480) 607-7763 or send us a message online.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Septic System - Paradise Valley Septic Services

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL A SEPTIC SYSTEM?

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One of the biggest questions homeowners have about installing a new septic system is how much is it going to cost?

Like any other significant home purchase, a quick internet search for septic system installation costs will no doubt produce a wide range of price estimates—anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 for high-end systems—but ultimately it will depend on the location of your home and the type of septic system that is best for where you live.

 

WHAT DETERMINES THE COST OF A SEPTIC SYSTEM?

Assuming you want to install a conventional (or basic) septic system, several things will factor into the total cost. Among them are the main components of a septic system, including the tank itself, along with the pipes, risers and gravel for the drainfield. Also included in the price will be any permits the homeowner may need, as well as an initial soil test and design and installation costs.

 

YOU’RE BASICALLY INSTALLING A PERSONAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

For many homeowners, especially those in rural areas, this is a worthy investment. A septic system requires only regular maintenance and in return improves overall water efficiency in your household and saves you from having to pay high monthly water bills.

Having a home septic system also means once the waste and contaminants are treated in the tank and drainfield, fresh water is released back into the ground to nourish the soil and the surrounding plant life, making it an environmentally friendly choice for water treatment.

KEEPING UP WITH MAINTENANCE CAN SAVE YOU MORE OVER TIME

The thing to remember about septic systems is that once you pay the initial installation fee, routine care and maintenance are all you should need to worry about. If you are smart and service your system regularly, that initial cost will more than pay for itself over time—and actually end up saving you money.

However, ongoing maintenance is not just about having your tank inspected and pumped on a regular basis; it also means being smart about water conservation in the home and making sure only the right things end up getting flushed down the toilet or washed down the kitchen sink.

Be sure to follow these important tips to preserve the life of your septic system:

  • Avoid overloading your system with too much water. Your tank needs time to separate sludge and scum from the water, so sending too much water through your pipes at once can result in solid waste getting into your drainfield pipes, clogging them up and creating pools of unsanitary standing water. Doing several back-to-back loads of laundry, for example, should be avoided.

 

  • Your toilet or sink is not a trash can. Solids that cannot be broken down naturally in a septic tank can find their way into the drainage pipes and clog them. Avoid sending egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit skins and other food waste down the drain, and the same goes for paint, paint thinner, oil and grease, medications, feminine hygiene products, plastics and cat litter.

 

  • Use septic-safe products and limit the use of chemicals. There are several brands of toilet paper, detergents, soaps and cleaners that proclaim they’re “septic safe” right on the label. Whenever possible, choose these products to keep your septic system functioning optimally.

 

TALK TO THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE SEPTIC FOR A FAIR AND HONEST PRICE

If you’re thinking about installing a septic system in your Arizona home, call Paradise Septic at (480) 351-1725 or send us a message to get started.

Our experienced technicians will spend time answering all of your questions about equipment, installation and permit costs so you can get a better idea of your investment. Then, once your septic system is installed, we will take care of routine maintenance so you can enjoy peace of mind for the life of your system.

Septic System Myths Debunked

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If you’ve never owned a home with a septic system — or even if you have — you may have some misconceptions about how septic systems work, and how to keep them functioning at their optimal level.

For example, did you know that it’s actually more cost-effective to pay for scheduled maintenance rather than waiting until you have to pay for repairs?

We want to debunk some common septic system myths so you can proceed with confidence and keep your septic system in tip-top shape for years to come.

 

Myth: Older septic systems need additives to operate most efficiently.

To date, there hasn’t been a septic system additive that makes your tank “like new” again. Additives don’t clean out your tank, as some of them claim to do, and nothing takes the place of regularly scheduled pumping and maintenance for your system.

Some of the solids in your septic tank simply cannot be broken down, or digested, by enzymes or bacteria. Sand, grit, and bits of plastic may accumulate in the tank and neither enzymes or bacteria can decompose these elements.

Additives, which are typically enzymes, are not living bacteria and can’t reproduce. Therefore, adding them to your septic tank doesn’t make them increase in number, so they’re not very useful or effective.

While enzymes probably won’t cause a problem with your system, no matter how new or old it is, they certainly don’t help, either. You’re much better off pumping your tank as recommended based on the size of your household, and scheduling annual maintenance.

 

Myth: Household cleaners and chemicals won’t disrupt your septic tank.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. While you may not “break” the system with a small amount of cleaners or chemicals, you’re disrupting the balance of the living organisms in your septic tank.

These living bacteria are essential to keeping your system operating at its optimal level and avoiding future septic system disasters. Don’t chance it, out of convenience, by flushing chemicals down the toilet or pouring them down the kitchen drain.

 

Myth: Preventive maintenance is costly.

Again, not true. It costs far less money to properly maintain your septic system than it does to service a failing system. First of all, preventive maintenance not only ensures that your system is functioning as it should on daily basis, but preventive care also extends the life of your septic system.

Secondly, septic system disasters almost never occur at opportune times, such as during regularly scheduled business hours. Rather, septic and plumbing problems usually happen when you least expect them — like when you have a house full of company or while you’re away on vacation. Calling a septic expert for an emergency repair is a far more costly experience than a scheduled maintenance visit during standard business hours.

 

Myth: Paradise Septic is new to the septic tank business.

We had to throw this one in just for fun, because the truth is, we’ve been serving the Phoenix Valley and Arizona, keeping our clients happy and septic systems running smoothly, for more than 50 years. We are septic system experts!

If you’re new to the world of septic systems and you have questions, the professionals at Paradise Septic can answer them with confidence. It’s our goal to help you keep your system functioning optimally so you only have to think about scheduling routine maintenance visits, not emergency repairs.

Get in touch with a member of our team today.

Is My Septic System Too Old? Here’s When It’s Time To Replace It

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If your septic system is too old, you will have problems like frequent backups and standing water. Here’s how to know when you should replace your septic system.

In a perfect world, our household things would last forever. Pillows would stay plump, refrigerators would stay cool, and light bulbs would keep on shining. Yet, when you consider the normal wear and tear of everyday life, replacements are no surprise.

Well, your septic system is no different! Like other parts of your home, a septic system gets older over time. When it stops working properly, it needs to be replaced.

A septic tank also has an average lifespan. Generally, it can last for about 25 years. This depends on factors like routine maintenance, household size, and usage. As a result, your septic system may be considered “old” before (or after) it hits 25.

And unlike fine wine, septic tanks don’t get better with age. An old system will only cause headaches, problems, and more headaches.

Do yourself a favor and learn how to tell if your septic system is too old. By doing so, you’ll know when it’s time for a new one.

5 SIGNS YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR SEPTIC TANK

  1. Frequent Backups

Does it feel like slow-flushing toilets and backed-up sinks have become the norm? Don’t ignore this. Consistent problems may be a sign that your septic system needs to be replaced.

The keyword here is “consistent.” In other words, a single backup doesn’t necessarily mean that your system needs to go. (It is, however, a sign that your septic system needs to be pumped.) On the other hand, constant backups may point to a bigger issue.

  1. Persistent Bad Odors

Backups and bad odors go hand in hand. And, like backups, recurring odors are bad news.This happens when a septic tank is so full that gases travel through your drains, toilets, and drainfield. Needless to say, it’s unpleasant and unhealthy.

Again, you’ll need to get your tank pumped. But if the odor keeps coming back, your septic system might be on its way out.

  1. Standing Water

Standing water doesn’t just affect sinks and bathtubs. If your septic system can’t properly get rid of water, you might find puddles around your property.

You should be especially concerned if there is standing water on or around your drainfield. It’s a tell-tale sign that your septic system is unable to do its job. It will need to be inspected and possibly replaced.

  1. Unusually Green Grass

Every homeowner loves to see green grass. But when it comes to your drainfield, extremely lush grass is a problem.

The grass in this area should look like the rest of the lawn. However, if the grass is brighter and greener, your tank might be failing.

When your septic system needs to be replaced, it has a hard time disposing water. As a result, excess wastewater “fertilizes” the grass, making it lush and green.

  1. Constant Pumping

The more often you have these problems, the more your tank needs to be pumped. And if you’ve been scheduling one too many septic pumpings, you might need a replacement.

Remember, frequent pumping isn’t the same as regular pumping. Most septic systems need to be pumped every one to three years, depending on usage and household size. This is normal, routine maintenance.

But if your septic tank needs to be pumped more often, it might be too old.

STILL NOT SURE? TALK TO THE EXPERTS.

Every homeowner should know when it’s time to replace a septic system. Nevertheless, the best way to know is to call a septic service company like Paradise Valley Septic.

Our team can perform an inspection and find the issues. If your septic tank is too old, we’ll explain the next steps for a septic tank replacement.

And when you do get it replaced? Our technicians will help you stay on top of repair and routine maintenance. This way, you won’t have to play any guessing games.

We’re ready to help you out. Contact Paradise Valley Septic today.

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Septic System Installation: Why You Should Leave it to the Professionals

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Building your own home on bare land is a romantic idea that many people fall in love with. But when it comes to installing your septic system, it is essential to leave it to a contracted professional.

Just the maintenance of a septic system can be a hazardous and dangerous undertaking, let alone its installation. Beyond that, here are some of the major reasons you should consider a professional.