WHAT’S A LEACH FIELD?

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When it comes to your septic system, it’s important to remember that it’s just that: a system. In other words, there are several working parts, and each one is crucial for success.

That’s why you should take the time to understand your leach field. By knowing what it is and how it works, you can prevent septic problems before they even begin.

 

SO, WHAT’S A LEACH FIELD?

A leach field is also known as the drain field or leach drain.

Think of the leach field as an extension of a septic tank. Specifically, it’s the area that drains and disperses liquid waste from the tank. A leach field’s main job is to properly remove impurities from wastewater.

Basically, it’s like a digestive system. As biodegradable and organic substances pass through, bacteria in the area break them down.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The leach field involves a set of pipes (or “lines”) underground. Typically, these pipes are surrounded by gravel or permeable soil.

The pipes also have tiny holes along the sides and bottom. When wastewater flows through the pipes, it leaches into the surrounding gravel or soil. Next, bacteria in the area purify and cleanse the wastewater by digesting organic materials and waste.

It’s important to note that only wastewater flows into the leach field. That’s because every septic tank has a filter that stops solid waste from moving through. (This also explains why scum and sludge build up in the tank — and why you should get regular pumpings.)

 

WHERE IS THE LEACH FIELD, ANYWAY?

The leach field should be in a large, open area in your yard. There shouldn’t be nearby trees or bushes, as the roots can obstruct the underground pipes.

Hopefully, you won’t be able to spot your leach field by looking at the grass. A healthy septic system that properly disposes wastewater won’t affect the surrounding soil.

On the other hand, a failing septic system will give the soil extra “fertilizer”, resulting in lush green grass. There might also be puddles of water. If this sounds familiar, it might be time to pump your septic tank.

 

HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF A LEACH FIELD?

The leach field is involved in some of the final steps of the septic process. Yet, it’s still a vital component. In fact, if your leach field fails, your entire system can take a hit.

To start, don’t plant trees or bushes less than 10 feet from the drain field. Their roots can block and harm the pipes.

Never drive or park cars, tractors, dirt bikes, or go-carts on the area. These vehicles can damage the area, especially if it’s wet. If you like to host parties or have a big family, be sure to give everyone a heads up.

Regular septic pumping is essential, too. This prevents solid waste from accumulating in the tank and blocking the filter that lets wastewater pass through. For best results, schedule a routine septic system inspection once a year.

 

PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC IS READY TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS.

Every homeowner should know what a leach field does and why it is important. But beyond that, you don’t have to worry about anything else. Our experienced technicians at Paradise Valley Septic can perform septic system inspections to make sure everything is running smoothly.

We’re also happy to recommend a maintenance schedule based on your household size and usage. Every home, after all, is so unique.

 

Since 1958, Paradise Valley Septic has served the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas. And we can’t wait to serve you, too! To schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Does Your Water Softener Affect Your Septic System?

Does Your Water Softener Affect Your Septic System?

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If you have a septic system, you’ve likely heard all about routine septic maintenance. You’ve probably even brushed up on your septic care knowledge before hosting a party or building a house. After all, the integrity of your septic system depends on how your household handles water.

But how does a water softener fit into the picture? 

This type of system treats the water that goes in your home, while the septic system treats what goes out. Naturally, you may wonder if your water softener affects your septic system.

HOW DOES WATER SOFTENER WORK?

First thing’s first: Water softener is a solution for hard water. This “hardness” is caused by high levels of minerals, which mainly include calcium and magnesium.

Hard water isn’t dangerous, but it can be annoying. Common problems associated with hard water include:

  • Soap scum in bathtubs  
  • Mineral deposits left on dishes
  • Stiff laundry
  • Mineral buildup in pipes
  • Extra soap required to clean hair, dishes, or other surfaces

A water softening system can help these issues. It involves a resin bed that swaps the calcium and magnesium for sodium ions. The result is softened water, which flows through your home as usual.

When the resin is full of hardness ions, it begins a regeneration cycle. A high-sodium water, or brine, passes through the resin bed. The brine gives sodium ions in exchange for hardness ions. Eventually, it goes down the drain, taking the hardness ions with it.

WATER SOFTENER AND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Understandably, you might wonder how the process of water softening impacts your septic system. Maybe you’re concerned that the brine will harm your system’s natural bacteria. Or, perhaps you’re worried about the extra liquid entering your septic tank.

There’s also the concern that the hardness ions can disrupt your drain field’s absorption.

Well, we have some good news. A water softener does not pose a problem for your beloved septic system.

In fact, it can lend a hand. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, softened water can promote the growth of “good” bacteria. This will only enhance the effectiveness of your system.

Another study by the Water Quality Research Foundation also found that the brine doesn’t cause overflows. The brine’s high content of calcium and magnesium actually helps solids settle, thus reducing the risk.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR WATER SOFTENER AND SEPTIC SYSTEM

While the above benefits sound great, there’s just one catch: Both systems need to be efficient.

Your water softener must operate properly in order to help your septic system. For instance, a water softener that regenerates too often will surely overload your septic tank.

Likewise, your septic system should be well-maintained. This includes being mindful of water usage and what is sent down the drain.

TREAT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WELL WITH PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

Paradise Septic is ready to answer all your questions. We can explain how your water softener affects your septic system, along with general maintenance and care. We’ll even manage your pumping scheduling with our automated service.

By keeping up with regular maintenance inspections, you’ll help your septic system stay in good shape. In turn, you’ll feel good knowing that your water softener is helping — instead of harming — your system.

Paradise Valley Septic has served Phoenix and the surrounding areas for more than 18 years. We can’t wait to help you, too. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 to get started.

Commercial Septic Systems: Dos and Don'ts

Commercial Septic Systems: Dos and Don’ts

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A commercial septic system is a special type of beast. Compared its residential counterpart, it’s designed to handle significantly more wastewater. Commercial systems, after all, are used for establishments like restaurants, shopping centers, and hospitals.

With such a large capacity, these systems require extra care and maintenance to continue working properly.

Let’s look at the unique do’s and don’ts of commercial septic systems.

HOW DO COMMERCIAL SEPTIC SYSTEMS WORK?

Generally, commercial septic systems operate like residential ones. 

After waste enters a septic tank, bacteria “digests” biodegradable and organic solids. Next, wastewater moves into the drainfield, where bacteria continue to remove impurities. The purified water is then absorbed by the surrounding soil or gravel.  

But here’s the catch. Because commercial buildings produce so much waste, the system might need an extra treatment to help the waste degrade. This decreases the need for unnecessary draining, pumping, and maintenance.

Plus, in many cases, the treatment needs to meet high standards. With so much liquid entering the soil, the wastewater from a commercial system can easily impact local water quality. Therefore, optimal purification is critical.

DOS AND DON’TS OF USING COMMERCIAL SEPTIC SYSTEM

Commercial septic maintenance revolves around the sheer capacity of the system. It also takes into consideration the foot traffic and constant use of a commercial building.

Here’s how to keep your commercial septic system in good shape.

DO…

  • Save a diagram of your septic system. If your system needs to be serviced, this will help your septic provider find the necessary parts.
  • Determine how often you should get pumpings. This depends on your establishment and volume of expected wastewater. At the very least, find out how often you should get septic system inspections
  • Repair leaking fixtures. Leaking fixtures can waste gallons (and gallons) of water each day. It’s wise to fix them as soon as possible. 
  • Take care of grease traps. Proper grease trap maintenance prevents clogs, odors, and expensive issues.
  • Avoid flushing garbage. Make sure your customers flush nothing but human waste and toilet paper. Garbage like feminine hygiene products, wipes, and diapers should never be flushed down the toilet. You can post a sign in the bathroom with a friendly reminder.
  • Keep vehicles off your drainfield. Vehicles, tractors, and other heavy equipment can damage your drainfield. To prevent customers or guests from parking on the area, block it off with a fence or “no parking” sign.

DON’T…

  • Pour FOG down the drain. FOG — or fats, oils, and grease — can cause plumbing and septic problems. If you operate a restaurant, make sure all your employees know how to properly dispose of cooking oil.
  • Build a deck or patio over your system. Avoid building new structures over your drainfield, too. If you want to add a deck or patio, work with an architect and septic provider to determine the best location.
  • Plant trees near your drainfield. Similarly, don’t plant new shrubs or trees less than 10 feet from the drainfield. The roots can damage the pipes in the area. If you’d like to add more greenery, consult a tree planting service.
  • Combine runoff with wastewater. Pay attention to your gutters. If runoff water merges with wastewater or flows over your drainfield, your septic system can become overwhelmed.
  • Use more water than necessary. Even commercial septic systems can benefit from water conservation.

DO CONTACT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC. DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.

When you own a commercial building, it’s crucial to know the dos and don’ts of commercial septic systems. By understanding these important aspects, you’ll help your system do its job. It’s the best way to keep your business running smoothly and efficiently.

Paradise Valley Septic is here to lend a hand. Since 1958, our experienced team has served the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas. We proudly offer inspections, maintenance, and pumping for residential and commercial septic systems.

Have questions? Give us a call 480-351-1725 or send us a message online.

How Do Water Retention Systems Work?

How Do Water Retention Systems Work?

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At Paradise Valley Septic, we’re dedicated to educating homeowners about the ins and outs of residential septic systems.

After all, a working septic system is important for safely handling wastewater.

But what about stormwater? Also known as rainwater, stormwater is excess water caused by heavy rainfall. If it isn’t efficiently controlled, it can accumulate and turn into runoff.

That’s why it’s important to understand how water retention systems work. By adding one to your property, you can help prevent runoff-related issues.

THE PROBLEM WITH RUNOFF WATER

Now, don’t get us wrong. We appreciate the environmental significance of rainfall. The problem, however, is when excess rainfall isn’t properly managed.

Unfortunately, this is a common issue in suburban neighborhoods. When it rains, rainwater doesn’t soak into the ground. Instead, it flows over paved surfaces like sidewalks, parking lots, and roads.

The result? A rapid accumulation of stormwater. This runoff increases the risk of several problems, including:

  • Flash flooding
  • Soil erosion
  •  Animal habitat damage
  • Pollution (stormwater can pick up pollutants from paved surfaces)

In Arizona, runoff is especially troublesome. Our soil becomes hard and dry during our long, hot summers. Come monsoon season, we’re hit with intense weather changes and irregular rainfall. 

But when the soil is so dry, it can’t properly absorb water. In turn, stormwater runs off and rapidly accumulates.

HOW DOES A WATER RETENTION SYSTEM HELP?

Here’s where water retention systems come in.

A water retention system is an underground structure that’s designed to manage runoff.

It all starts with drainage channels. Excess water enters these channels, which direct it into the structure. As the name suggests, the system retains (or holds) the water.

This prevents said water from accumulating and causing problems.  

A WATER RETENTION SYSTEM ALSO CONTROLS SOIL ABSORPTION

The structure also has an outlet. This allows the system to slowly release water into surrounding soil. 

Consequently, the area isn’t overpowered by forceful runoff, and the soil can gradually absorb moisture.

HAVE QUESTIONS? CALL THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

For more than 18 years, Paradise Valley Septic has installed water retention systems in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. We’re pros when it comes to handling Arizona’s unique soil and intense weather.

Our team of expert technicians can explain how water retention systems work, address specific issues, and provide regular maintenance inspections.

To learn more, fill out our online form or call us at (480) 607-7763.  

 

 

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 480-351-1725.

Rain And Your Septic System

Rain and Your Septic System: Everything You Need to Know

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Now that it’s officially monsoon season, it’s important to know what happens to your septic system when there’s heavy rain. Excess water, after all, can make it difficult for your system to do its job. It can also cause long-term problems and damage, especially if your system hasn’t received regular maintenance.

However, by understanding the possible effects of rainy weather, you can prevent problems before they arise.

Let’s look at how Arizona rain affects your septic system.

HEAVY RAIN AND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Generally, most rain-related issues involve the drainfield, which is directly exposed to the elements.

But when it comes to monsoon season, it’s best to know how heavy rain can potentially impact your entire system.

Here are three ways excessive rain can cause problems.

  1. Excess Water Flow

Your septic tank is designed to accommodate a certain amount of wastewater from your home.

But if rainwater merges with your wastewater, your septic tank will receive more liquid than it can handle. In turn, your tank will quickly fill up, causing water to back up into your drains or overwhelm the drainfield.

  1. Clogged Drainfield

Normally, liquid waste exits the tank and flows into the drainfield, where bacteria “digest” organic substances. This process creates purified water, which disperses into the surrounding soil.

Heavy rain poses a problem because rainwater can collect on the drainfield. If this happens, the drainfield can’t properly absorb wastewater because it’s already saturated.

Since the water won’t have anywhere to go, it can back up and overflow your septic tank. Eventually, the overflow can move into your plumbing and cause slow drains, gurgling pipes, and stinky odors.

  1. Groundwater Contamination

Excessive rain can also make it difficult for the drainfield to properly purify water.

If the drainfield is already saturated, the liquid waste won’t be able to filter through the soil. Instead, the untreated water will leak out of the pipes before it’s purified.

This wastewater can then accumulate around the drainfield and flow into groundwater, potentially contaminating nearby streams and water sources.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM FOR HEAVY RAIN

As you can see, heavy rainfall can cause serious septic issues.

There is good news, though. It’s possible to reduce your risk of potential problems before the rain begins.

Here’s how:

  • Prioritize proper septic maintenance. This includes regular septic pumpings and inspections to catch issues early. When your septic system is in good shape, it will be prepared to handle excessive rainfall.
  • Be mindful of what you flush. Avoid flushing feminine hygiene products, diapers, and paper towels. Your septic system can only break down toilet paper and human waste.
  • Pay attention to what goes down the drain. Similarly, don’t put fat, grease, oil, or chemicals in the drains. This includes bleach, gasoline, and paint thinners.
  • Conserve water. While it’s always wise to save water, it’s even more important during rainy weather. Give your system a break by limiting laundry, long showers, and baths when it’s raining.
  • Redirect runoff water. Make sure runoff isn’t combining with your wastewater. Keep gutters away from your drainfield, too.
  • Keep vehicles away from the drainfield. Avoid driving or parking cars, tractors, or motorcycles on the drainfield. Heavy equipment and vehicles can decrease the area’s absorption by compacting the soil.

PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC WILL GET YOU THROUGH MONSOON SEASON — AND BEYOND

Understandably, Arizona’s monsoon season can be stressful for homeowners. You might also be concerned about rain and your septic system, especially if you’ve had problems in the past.

Paradise Valley Septic is here to help. Our team of experienced technicians can lend a hand before, during, and after monsoon season. Plus, since we’re familiar with Arizona’s rainy weather, we can provide tips for helping your system stay safe during a monsoon.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at (480) 607-7763 or send us a message online.

Why Does My Septic System Keep Filling Up

Why Does My Septic System Keep Filling Up?

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It’s no secret a septic tank is designed to be filled up with wastewater. So much, in fact, that the average household septic tank can be emptied every 3 to 5 years. But if your tank is filling up unusually quick, you might find yourself draining your tank every few months.

Sound familiar? Don’t ignore it! Consider these reasons why your septic system keeps filling up. The sooner you determine the cause, the sooner you can prevent bigger issues in the future.

INCORRECT CAPACITY

If your tank is constantly overflowing or filling up, it might be a sign that your tank is too small for your family.

Typically, it’s assumed that there are two people living in each bedroom. It’s also assumed that every individual uses at least 60 to 70 gallons of water per day. As a result, the exact size of

your septic tank coincides with the size of your home.

But if your family is too big for your home, your tank will receive more water than it should. Consider the size of your septic tank and make sure it’s the correct capacity for your family.

OVERUSE

An overwhelmed tank isn’t limited to incorrect capacity. Even if your tank is the right size, it can still be overloaded.

In this case, it depends on your family’s water usage habits. Some activities, like doing laundry and taking baths, already use a lot of water. If these tasks are repeated within a few hours, the wastewater flowing into your tank may be too much for it to handle.  

CHEMICAL USE

Another possible cause is harsh chemicals. If toxic products are sent down the drain, your tank may fill up unusually fast.

These chemicals are not safe for the bacteria in your septic system. The bacteria, which are essential for a healthy system, are in charge of “digesting” solid waste. Without enough bacteria, the waste will accumulate and cause blockages.

Consequently, there will be less space for water, and your tank will quickly fill up.

To treat your tank well, avoid pouring the following chemicals into your system:

  • paint thinners
  • paint
  • motor oil
  • solvents
  • gasoline

LEAKS

You might be surprised to learn that leaks can make your tank fill up abnormally fast.

A septic tank leak, for example, doesn’t just let water sneak out. It can also let water sneak in, which increases how much liquid flows into your tank. This can even allow materials like dirt and mud to end up in your tank, too.

Overflow can also be caused by leaks in plumbing fixtures, like toilets or faucets. If a plumbing fixture is leaking, you’ll have a continuous flow of water entering your septic system.

DRAINFIELD PROBLEM

A stubborn tank that keeps filling up may signal a problem with your drainfield.

When wastewater leaves the tank, it ends up in the drainfield. Here, bacteria cleanse the liquid waste by breaking down organic impurities. This purified water is then absorbed into the

surrounding soil.

But if your drainfield is clogged or failing, it won’t be able to properly drain wastewater. The liquid waste will have nowhere to go! In turn, the water will back up into the tank, causing it to quickly fill up.

Other signs of a drainfield issue include gurgling pipes, slow drains, sewage odors, and soggy spots around the yard. If you suspect your drainfield is failing, call a septic provider like Paradise Valley Septic.

RAIN

From summer thunderstorms to April showers, rainy weather can cause septic problems due to excess water. For instance, if gutter runoff combines with your wastewater, your septic tank will fill up faster. This can seriously overwhelm your system, so it’s important to know where water flows during rainy weather.

Rain can also make it difficult for your drainfield to do its job. If excess water accumulates in the area, the purified wastewater will become stuck and eventually back up.

While you can’t change the weather, you can control your water usage when it’s raining. For example, limiting long showers and laundry during rainy weather can reduce overflow into your tank.

PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC IS READY TO INSPECT YOUR SYSTEM

There are many possible reasons why your septic system keeps filling up. But if you want to get to the root of the problem, contact the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We can examine your tank and make things right, whether it calls for a septic tank pumping or septic repair.

We can also recommend a regular maintenance schedule for your tank, household size, and usage. This way, you can minimize the risk of future septic system problems.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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.

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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 take 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.

 

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