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.