I'm Having a Party — Do I Need to Prepare My Septic System

I’m Having a Party — Do I Need to Prepare My Septic System?

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When it comes to planning a party, many homeowners focus on the “standard” list of things to do. For example… 

Did we send out the invites? Check. 

Do we have the decor? Check. 

 Is there enough food to feed a crowd — and then some? Check, check, and check.

These factors are just as important as the special occasion. However, if you want to host a truly successful celebration, there’s one thing you should never ignore: your septic system.

That’s because having a party increases your home’s water usage in a short amount of time. This can easily overload your septic system, leading to drainfield failures and smelly backups. Talk about a miserable post-party hangover!

So, let’s look at how you can prepare your septic system before a party. You’ll be glad you did.

  1. Do Laundry Early

When you’re planning a party, laundry is probably the last thing on your mind. We get it. But if you want to protect your septic system, it’s wise to finish your laundry well before the big day. It’s the best way to give your tank enough time to properly handle wastewater.

 

  1. Fix Leaks

Leaky fixtures can send a lot of unnecessary water down the drain. In fact, a leaking toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water each day. A leaking faucet, on the other hand, can waste at least 10 gallons every day. This equals more than 3,500 gallons of water each year.

While it’s wise to fix leaks on any old day, it’s even more crucial before a party. Leaky fixtures plus festivities spells double trouble for your system.

 

  1. Avoid Lawn Parking

Sometimes, preparing your septic system has nothing to do with water. You can also plan the parking situation in advance. By designating a parking area away from the drainfield, you can prevent expensive septic line damage.

When it’s time to party, direct your guests to the designated area. Make sure no one drives over the drain field, too. You can block it off with tape, rope, or stakes.

  1. Avoid Flushing Garbage

One of the best ways to avoid septic system problems is to be mindful of what goes down the drain.

Toilet paper and human waste are the only two things that should be flushed. Everything else is a no-go. This includes:

    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Napkins
    • Paper towels
    • Wipes of any kind
    • Diapers
    • Dental floss

Of course, you should avoid flushing these things even when you’re not having a party. But when you have a house full of guests, it helps to remind people of what they can’t flush by posting a list in the bathroom.

  1. Avoid Pouring FOG

If there’s one guest that shows up to every party, it’s FOG: fats, oils, and grease. It can also mess with your system if it sneaks away and slips down the drain.

Much like non-flushable items, FOG can clog up drains. They can also disturb the good bacteria in your septic tank. If this occurs, your system will ultimately fail. 

To avoid this problem, remind your kitchen helpers to toss FOG in the trash instead of the drain.

  1. Pump Your Tank

It’s no secret regular septic maintenance can make everyday life more comfortable. Yet, when it comes to special occasions, routine pumpings are even more important. This is especially true if your septic tank hasn’t been inspected or pumped within the last few years. 

And if your party is tomorrow or within a few days? Be extra diligent about the tips on this list. Remember, limiting water usage can go a long way. 

THE BEST PARTIES START (AND END) WITH A WELL-MAINTAINED SEPTIC SYSTEM

Before having a party, prepare your septic system by calling Paradise Valley Septic. Our team of professional septic technicians can take care of septic pumping, repairs, and everything in between. This way, you’ll feel good knowing that your system is ready to get in on the fun.

We offer residential septic services in Phoenix Valley and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 480-531-1725.

I Hear Water Running in My Septic Tank...Why?

I Hear Water Running in My Septic Tank…Why?

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If you have a septic system, you’ve likely been told to watch out for gurgling or bubbling noises. This sound, after all, could be a sign of a blockage or poor draining. It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare!

But what if you hear water running in your septic tank? Should you be concerned?

Let’s look at the potential reasons behind this mysterious noise.

WHY DO I HEAR WATER RUNNING IN MY SEPTIC TANK?

While wastewater from your home does regularly flow into your septic tank, you shouldn’t hear trickling or running noises. Here are three possible causes:

  1. GROUNDWATER IS LEAKING INTO YOUR TANK

    The sound of trickling water could indicate that groundwater is leaking into your tank.

    If you have a concrete septic tank, a crack could be the culprit. If you have a steel septic tank, you might be dealing with rust damage. A plastic or fiberglass septic tank can also develop a leak if there’s a crack or break.

    In each case, the physical damage allows groundwater to leak into the tank, causing a trickling or running sound.

    This is especially likely if surface runoff after a storm seeps into the ground.

  2. YOUR DRAINFIELD HAS WASTE BUILDUP

    Another potential cause is improper drainage in your drainfield.

    Normally, wastewater leaves the septic tank and flows through underground lines in the drainfield. Here, the surrounding permeable soil or gravel filters the remaining water.

    But if there’s too much solids or wastewater in the drain field, the soil can clog and fail to properly drain. As a result, wastewater can flow back in the tank.

  3. YOUR SEPTIC PUMP IS OFF — AND YOU HAVE AN UPHILL DRAINFIELD

    Conventional septic systems use gravity to bring wastewater from the tank to the drainfield, which is typically installed below the tank. But if your drainfield is uphill due to your property’s layout, you’ll need a pump to move everything along.

    However, when the pump is turned off, gravity comes into play. The wastewater in the drainfield can flow back in the septic tank, causing a trickling or running noise.

WHAT DOES A SEPTIC TANK NORMALLY SOUND LIKE, ANYWAY?

A healthy septic system shouldn’t make any noise.

One exception is an aerobic septic system, which uses an air pump to stir the wastewater. Air pumps make a continuous humming noise that is light yet audible.

If you have an alarm system installed in your septic tank, you might also hear a high-pitched noise when it’s time to pump the tank.

A trickling noise, on the other hand, warrants an inspection from an experienced septic provider like Paradise Valley Septic.

IS YOUR SEPTIC TANK MAKING STRANGE NOISES? CALL PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

The sound of water running in your septic tank can be unsettling. And while it might be tempting to ignore the noise and hope it disappears, it’s best to have a professional septic company check it out.

Besides, sounds like running water and gurgling aren’t normal. These noises could indicate a problem with your drainfield, tank, or entire system — so it’s crucial to fix them at the earliest sign.

Paradise Valley Septic is ready to inspect and repair your Arizona septic system. While we’re at it, we can explain what your septic tank should (and shouldn’t) sound like. This way, you can take care of problems before they begin.

To schedule an appointment, send us a message or call us at 480-351-1725 today.

How Much Water Can a Septic System Handle Each Day?

How Much Water Can a Septic System Handle Each Day?

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Whether you’re flushing the toilet or catching up on laundry, water enters your septic system every day. It’s exactly what makes your home comfortable and functional! Yet, when we go through the motions of everyday life, it can feel like the water simply disappears into the abyss.

In reality, every septic system has a limited capacity, which is why we’re told to avoid overloading our systems with too much water. If your water usage overwhelms your septic tank, you’ll be left with a big problem and an even bigger headache.

But how much is “too much”? The answer is different for every household, but it’s possible to make an educated guess. This way, you can ensure your tank lasts for years to come.

Read on to learn how much water your septic system can handle each day.

HOW YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM TREATS WASTEWATER

Let’s start by looking at how wastewater moves through your trusty septic system.

When wastewater from your household reaches your septic tank, solids and liquids are separated. The solids are broken down by bacteria in the tank, while the liquids travel into the leach field. There’s also a filter that prevents solids from leaving the tank.

In the leach field, pipes with tiny holes filter the remaining wastewater into the surrounding gravel or soil. Here, bacteria in the ground digest leftover organic waste, which purifies the liquid.

This process takes time. So, if your septic tank receives a lot of wastewater at once, the solids can quickly buildup and block your leach field pipes.

The result? Slow drains, standing water in the yard, and unpleasant sewage odors.

HOW DOES A SEPTIC TANK EXCEED ITS CAPACITY?

Overloaded septic tanks are often caused by excessive water usage. This may happen if you:

  • Host a large party without pumping your septic tank first
  • Suddenly have more people living in your house
  • Have a leaky fixture, such as a running toilet

In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a running toilet could waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. That’s a daily addition of 200 extra gallons in your tank!

Flushing anything other than toilet paper can also cause problems. If items like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and diapers end up in your tank, they can build up and leave less room for actual wastewater.

In other cases, septic problems might be caused by physical damage, improper installation, or lack of routine maintenance.

SO, HOW MUCH WATER CAN MY TANK HOLD?

On average, a person uses 60 to 70 gallons of water per day.

Tanks are designed with the assumption that there are two individuals in each bedroom.

Therefore, a septic tank can typically handle about 120 gallons per bedroom each day.

Residential septic tanks are generally 750 to 1,250 gallons, but the exact size of your tank depends on the size of your house. The only way to know for sure is to ask a reliable septic system provider such as Paradise Valley Septic.

WATER USAGE OF EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES

The best way to stay within your tank’s limit is to understand how much water is used during daily activities.

Once a septic provider confirms your tank’s capacity, you can plan your water usage to accommodate its size.

Here’s a breakdown of how much water is used by different fixtures:

  • Washing machines: 15 to 45 gallons per load
  • Toilets: 1.28 to 7 gallons per flush
  • Showers: 17.2 gallons per shower (or 2.1 gallons per minute)
  • Bathroom sinks: 1.5 to 2.2 gallons per minute
  • Kitchen sinks: 2 to 5 gallons per minute
  • Dishwashers: 4 to 6 gallons per cycle

While these numbers are general estimates, this list shows how much H2O simple activities can use.

Additionally, older fixtures typically utilize more water. Newer high-efficiency models use less water and are at the lower end of these ranges.

PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC CAN DETERMINE YOUR SEPTIC TANK’S CAPACITY

If you live in the Phoenix Valley or the surrounding areas, give us a call. We can let you know how much water your septic system can handle so you can plan accordingly. Our team is also happy to provide tips on how to save water based on your household size.

With careful planning and yearly septic maintenance, your system will stay happy and healthy for years to come.  

Let Paradise Valley Septic take care of your septic system needs. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (480) 607-7763.

Is Vinegar Bad for Septic Systems?

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In recent years, natural cleaning products have become increasingly popular. Much of this has to do with the growing awareness around harsh chemicals in commercial cleaners. For starters, our families come in contact with these products. These cleaners also end up in the drain, and eventually, the septic system.

Needless to say, as more folks learn about the potential dangers of chemical cleaners, they’re turning to more natural alternatives.

Vinegar is just one example. In the kitchen, this pantry staple is often used for foods like marinades and dressings. But beyond the dinner plate, vinegar also doubles as an excellent cleaning product.

Yet, it’s common to wonder if vinegar is bad for your septic system. Vinegar, after all, is extremely pungent. And since it’s no secret septic systems are sensitive beasts, it’s important to know if vinegar is a smart option.

 

BUT WAIT — WHAT’S WRONG WITH COMMERCIAL CLEANERS?

Let’s talk about why you might want to skip commercial cleaners in the first place.

From toilet bowl cleaners to drain openers, conventional products are often full of harsh chemicals. And while these products do fight “bad” bacteria, they can kill the good guys, too.

Remember, when these products go down the drain, they inevitably end up in your septic tank. Here, they can potentially destroy the bacteria responsible for breaking down waste. These chemicals might even find their way into the drainfield and contaminate the soil.

Commercial cleaning products also fill your home with harmful fumes, which can be especially dangerous for young children, pets, or family members with breathing issues.

 

HOW DOES VINEGAR AFFECT A SEPTIC SYSTEM?

As families make the shift toward natural, earth-friendly lifestyles, vinegar has become the cleaner of choice.

Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s gentle enough to use around the home. At the same time, its acidity gives it amazing cleaning power. Vinegar dissolves sticky build ups, soap scum and dirt. It can also control mold and freshen up surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen.

Now, here’s the good news. By the time it reaches your septic tank, vinegar is just as gentle! It’s non-toxic and all-natural, so it isn’t bad for your septic system.

 

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO CARE FOR MY SYSTEM?

Aside from using gentler cleaners, taking care of your system involves certain habits. You and your family should:

  • conserve water
  • avoid flushing solids
  • avoid pouring grease, fats, and oils down the drain
  • limit garbage disposal use

Finally, it’s crucial to prioritize yearly septic maintenance. This will keep your system healthy and prevent expensive problems (and headaches) later on.

 

AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC, WE CARE ABOUT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM.

If you prefer green cleaning products, you’ll be happy to know that vinegar isn’t bad for your septic system. However, if you absolutely must use commercial cleaners, we recommend using products labeled as “septic safe.”

In the meantime, Paradise Valley Septic can take care of your septic maintenance needs. Our experienced technicians will examine your system and perform regular pumping. Together, we can help your septic system thrive for years to come.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at (480) 607-7763.

What Are the Different Types of Septic Systems?

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When it’s time to install or replace a septic system, there a few things to keep in mind. For starters, you’ll need to find the best spot for your drainfield, which can’t be near bushes or trees. You’ll also have to remember to get regular septic pumping, even if it’s working well.

But before the installation process can start, you’ll need to know the best type of septic system for your property. This is especially important if your property has unique conditions that affect proper wastewater disposal. After all, if your septic system isn’t designed to work with your environment, you’ll end up with a very expensive problem.

The different types of septic systems fall under two categories: conventional systems and alternative systems. And when it comes to alternative systems, there are more than 20 types to choose from.

Read on for a brief rundown on your options.

 

CONVENTIONAL SEPTIC SYSTEMS

A conventional system is also known as a basic or standard system. The process starts in the septic tank, which holds wastewater from your home. Over time, the wastewater separates into layers. The solids sink to the bottom, where naturally-occurring bacteria break it down. Meanwhile, the lighter solids and grease float to the top of the tank.

The middle layer consists of partially treated wastewater. As gravity (or pumps) pushes it out of the tank, it flows into the drainfield, or the leach field. The drainfield is made of underground pipes that are surrounded by permeable soil or gravel. It also has bacteria that removes impurities by digesting organic materials.

You can’t go wrong with a conventional septic system. But if your property doesn’t have the right conditions, you might need an alternative septic system.

 

ALTERNATIVE SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Sometimes, an area might not be suitable for a conventional system. For example, a high water table can disrupt proper drainage. Some soil types or depths aren’t appropriate of conventional systems as well. In these scenarios, an alternative system is ideal.

Like conventional systems, alternative septic systems use septic tanks. The difference is in the way alternative systems properly handle wastewater.

Here are a few examples of alternative septic systems:

 

Intermittent Sand Filter System

If an area doesn’t have enough soil to treat wastewater, a sand filter system can help. In this system, wastewater passes through a sand filter before it’s dispersed in the soil.

 

Recirculating Sand Filter System

A loop can be added to a sand filter system. Before wastewater leaves the tank, it recirculates and passes through the sand filter twice.

 

Mound Septic System

If there’s an issue with soil depth or type, the drain field can be installed above ground level. This is called the mound. It’s made of a sand fill with a gravel-filled bed and pipes.

 

Evapotranspiration Septic System

This system disposes wastewater through evaporation. Specifically, it evaporates through nearby grass, plants, and sand. It’s only recommended for dry environments that get less than 24” of rainfall each year.

 

Aerobic Treatment Unit

An aerobic treatment unit uses oxygen to break down organic waste. Compared to standard systems, the process is faster, and the discharged water is cleaner. This system is also less likely to develop septic problems.

 

Low-Pressure Pipe Septic Systems

If your property has slightly shallow soil, you may be able to use a low-pressure pipe (LPP) system. It’s like a standard system. However, it has a pumping chamber — also known as a dosing chamber — between the tank and drainfield. Twice a day, the LPP will push wastewater through the chamber and to the drainfield.

 

WE’LL CHOOSE THE BEST SEPTIC SYSTEM FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

This list includes just a couple examples of alternative systems. After all, there are so many different types of septic systems to pick from! Understandably, the selection process can get quite overwhelming.

You’re not in this alone, though. At Paradise Valley Septic, our experienced septic providers know how to select the best septic system for your home. We’ll also examine your property, soil, and any potential constraints before the septic drilling begins.

From there, our team can take all of your septic maintenance needs over the years. This way, you can be sure that your new system lasts for years.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us at (480) 607-7763.

SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND DRINKING WATER: BE SMART, TEST OFTEN

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Did you know that proper septic system and backyard well maintenance go hand in hand with providing clean, safe drinking water for you and your family?

Remember that the primary job of your septic system is to safely and efficiently dispose of wastewater from your home by filtering it and releasing the purified wastewater into the surrounding soil.

 

BUT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG ALONG THE WAY, YOUR DRINKING WATER MAY BE CONTAMINATED.

Because many homes with septic systems also have private wells, it is important to regularly maintain both in order to guarantee optimal drinking water quality.

Keep in mind that your well and your septic system are two completely different entities. Your septic system is not there to provide you with clean drinking water, but in many ways it can affect the quality of your drinking water if it is improperly installed or if you become lax about regular maintenance and upkeep. The same goes for your well.

Need a few pointers? Start here with five important steps to avoid well water contamination.

 

TEST YOUR DRINKING WATER OFTEN TO MAKE SURE IT’S SAFE TO CONSUME.

Wells that are placed too close to wastewater sources and/or poorly maintained can open the door for potential contaminants to pollute your drinking water. These include bacteria and viruses, heavy metals and harsh chemicals from household cleaners, personal care products and paint.

Because many of these contaminants can be hazardous to human health, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends getting your well water tested at least once a year to ensure it is safe to drink, and more frequently if you have children, elderly family members or expectant mothers living in the home.

out here what to test for and where to get your water tested.

 

PROTECT YOUR DRINKING WATER WITH A WELL-MAINTAINED SEPTIC SYSTEM.

One of the best ways to avoid contamination and keep your drinking water clean is to have your septic tank inspected annually to ensure a potential problem or issue does not get out of hand.

Having your septic system pumped every one to three years, depending on the size of your family, will also help to remove the buildup of solids from the bottom of the tank and keep your drinking water and nearby water sources safe from contaminants.

Paradise Septic provides full-service septic tank installation, maintenance and repair services for homes in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas.

Call us today at 480-351-1725 or send a messageto schedule your septic system inspection and service.

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Water Conservation and Septic Systems: What’s the Connection? Here Is Why It’s So Important

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At first glance, water conservation seems simple enough: Use less water, save more water.

There’s a lot more to it, though. Water conservation isn’t just about reducing water usage; it’s also about using water efficiently. In other words, when water is used, it should be done in a resourceful way.

After all, Mother Nature doesn’t have an unlimited supply. And if we’re not mindful of our demands, we can easily exhaust our resources.

You can make a difference, though. As a homeowner, the way you care for your septic system a tank that treats wastewater will influence the integrity of local sources.

It comes down to learning why water conservation is so important, how your system influences the environment, and the steps you can take to protect it.

 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN WATER CONSERVATION AND SEPTIC SYSTEMS

Did you know that a septic tank can contaminate local water?

If you overload your septic system, it won’t be able to properly treat wastewater. This is a likely result of heavy water use. In turn, wastewater can leech into the soil and pollute nearby lakes, streams, and even drinking sources.

However, if you conserve water, your septic system is less likely to overload. You’ll also avoid issues like drainfield problems, clogged pipes, and the risk of water pollution.

Needless to say, your septic tank can significantly impact the water in your community.

 

HOW CAN I CONSERVE WATER AT HOME?

Water conservation doesn’t have to expensive or complicated. With these simple tips, you and your family can save water and the environment.

1. AVOID UNNECESSARY FLUSHING

The toilet is one of the biggest sources of wastewater. So, only flush when you need to.

This also means tossing the trash in the wastebasket when possible. (Don’t forget, solids and septic systems do not mix literally!)

2. FIX LEAKS

A leaky faucet can waste at least 10 gallons of water each day. In the same time frame, a leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water. This adds up quickly, and your wallet will be the first to know.

If you’re the DIY type, fix leaky fixtures. You can also call a plumber. It may feel like a chore, but the effort will be worth it.

3. TAKE SHOWERS, NOT BATHS

Baths might be relaxing, but they’re costly. Just one bath can use about 60 gallons of water. Meanwhile, a quick five-minute shower only calls for 10 to 25 gallons.

4. FILL UP WASHING MACHINES AND DISHWASHERS    

When doing laundry or using a dishwasher, run a full load to make the most out of the water. This is especially important if you have older machines.

If you own newer models, take advantage of energy and water saving features. Adjust the settings according to the size of your load so you can avoid excess water usage.

5. RECYCLE WATER

Make it a habit to re-use water. For example, after boiling vegetables, let the water cool and save it for the plants. When rinsing dishes, collect the water and use it to soak dirty ones.

 

6. INSTALL WATER-SAVING DEVICES

From low-flow shower heads to sink faucet aerators, it’s possible to reduce how much water runs through your fixtures. In fact, these devices can save up to 50%! They also won’t negatively affect water pressure.

 

REGULAR SEPTIC MAINTENANCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE, TOO.

Now that you know how to conserve water, you don’t have to worry about your system overflowing and polluting the environment… right? Not necessarily.  

Remember, your septic system isn’t an endless pit. It has a limit on how much wastewater it can hold, so it’s bound to fill up over time. And when it does? You’ll have clogged pipes, standing water, and the risk of polluting local sources.

Reducing water usage is just one part of preventing overflow. Your septic system also needs to be regularly pumped. This is normal, routine maintenance that should be done every one to three years, depending on household size and usage.

 

TOGETHER, WE CAN PROTECT OUR LOCAL WATER SOURCES.
When you stay on top of tank inspections and regular pumping, your septic system will run smoothly. As a result, it will treat your family and environment well.

Paradise Valley Septic is here to lend a hand. Since 1958, we have served Phoenix Valley and the surrounding areas. Our team of experts can find and stop septic problems before they begin.

To contact Paradise Valley Septic, send us a message or call us at 480-351-1725 today.

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We’re Making a List (Check it Twice): A Checklist of Dos and Don’ts for Your Septic System this Holiday Season

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but as your house fills with love, laughter, and additional food and guests, it’s also an added challenge to your septic system. We’ve made a checklist of dos and don’ts – be sure to check it twice — so you can enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, minus any unforeseen septic tank situations.

 

1. Pump first, party later.

Think of it as “preventive pumping.” If you haven’t had your septic tank serviced or pumped in the last few years, right before the big holiday gatherings commence, it’s a good idea to empty the tank. Pumping before the party can prevent overloading the system and pushing sludge out into your drainfield. When you start fresh (and empty) you and your guests can enjoy the festivities worry-free.

2. Make a “naughty” or “nice” list when it comes to flushing.

Let’s face it: many people today have public water systems and are not aware how septic systems are different. Or, perhaps your college student who’s been away for a few months needs a refresher course on what’s “nice” to flush and what’s on the “naughty” list. Make a “Santa’s Septic Helper” list to hang in your bathrooms to add some humor, while letting everyone know what they can and cannot flush.

Feel free to copy our list!
Nice to Flush:

  • Toilet paper
  • Organic waste

Naughty to Flush:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Diapers
  • “Flushable” baby wipes or personal hygiene wipes
  • Dental floss
  • Anything other than the septic-safe toilet paper in this bathroom!

 

Have some fun with it, and in the long run, you’ll be happier knowing your guests are aware of how your septic tank functions best. After all, nobody wants to experience a septic system emergency in the middle of serving dessert. Which brings us to our next item on the checklist.

 

3. Use water like you consume desserts — in moderation.

Another reminder for your houseguests (and returning college students) is to take it easy when it comes to “indulging” during the holidays. Like desserts, water usage is best in moderation. You can leave the desserts to their own discretion, but it’s a good idea to remind friends and family not to take showers at the same time, or run the dishwasher after every meal.

Both run the risk of overloading your septic system, which can lead to a backup. Staggering showers, running the dishwasher only when it’s full, or doing laundry one load at a time — when nobody is in the shower — eases the burden on your tank, even if you did have it pumped before the party.

 

4. Watch for FOG (fats, oils, and grease) during the festivities.

In addition to being aware of all the items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, it’s also a good idea to remind guests about FOG — fats, oils, and grease — from holiday meals that shouldn’t go down the kitchen sink. When preparing the turkey, or cleaning up after dinner, remind your guests not to pour grease, fats, meat scraps, or butter down the drain.

These items can easily clog your drains and disrupt the bacteria in your septic system. And we all know that when the good bacteria in your septic tank are interrupted, they are unable to do their job as well, breaking down waste and allowing your tank to operate as efficiently as possible.

At Paradise Valley Septic, we want you to focus on fun, and the many joys of the holiday season, so we encourage you to call us to schedule a maintenance visit before the yuletide celebrations begin. Yule be glad you did!

 

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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Should I Buy a House with a Septic Tank? The Pros and Cons of Septic Systems

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Buying a new home is an exciting experience. Whether it’s your first house, a relocation to a new town, or you’re expanding your space to accommodate a growing family, finding a home that meets your needs can also be somewhat of a challenge.

And, if you’re deciding between a septic tank and a sewer system, which is better? Should you consider buying a house with a septic tank?

Before you make this important decision, keep these pros and cons of buying a home with a septic system in mind.

 

Pro: A septic system only services your home.

Unlike a public sewer system that services all the homes in your neighborhood, a house with a septic system provides you with your own private waste and drainage system. You manage your septic tank independently rather than relying on the local town or city government.

 

Pro: You won’t pay expensive municipal sewer fees.

When you share a drainage system with the entire town, you also pay your local government for these services. When you have a septic tank on your property, instead of paying monthly fees that may increase without warning, you service your own septic tank. With proper maintenance, your septic system will last for many years – potentially as long as you live in your new home.

 

Pro: Septic systems are long-lasting.

A properly installed, well-maintained septic system can last 40 years or more, so you rarely have to replace an entire system. Just have it serviced every one to three years, depending on the size of your family, schedule yearly inspections, and keep your drains free from grease to keep your system operable for many years.

 

Con: Take shorter showers and run the dishwasher less to save water.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially for the environment, but if you’re coming from a municipal water system to a septic tank, you may need to adjust some of your family’s water usage habits. If several people in your family take long showers each day, it can put a burden on your drain pipes and septic tank.

Additionally, you should conserve water when you do laundry and run the dishwasher. Instead of running partial loads, wait until the dishwasher or laundry basket is full, so when you run them, you’re making the most of using a high volume water all at once.

 

Con: Be aware of what you flush.

You may have gotten away with flushing a lot of things down the toilet if you were previously on a public sewer system, but with a septic tank, you need to be more aware of what goes down the drains. Cotton balls, kitty litter, paper towels, and household chemicals and oils can be devastating to septic systems and lead to costly repairs, not to mention unpleasant sewage back-ups. It may be an adjustment at first, but these modifications will keep your septic tank functioning optimally in the long run.

Don’t let a new house with a septic system prevent you from making your dreams as a homeowner come true. If you find a home you love, have no fear of the septic tank!

 

Call the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We’ll come out and inspect the system for you so there won’t be any surprises down the road.

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