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How to Prepare Your Property and Home for a Septic System Installation

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With a septic installation on the horizon, you’re likely ready to sit back and enjoy all the benefits a septic system has to offer. We don’t blame you, either — it’s an exciting time for any homeowner!

However, in order to make the most out of a septic system installation, it’s best to prepare your home and property. This way, you can make sure everything pans out with any problems or delays.

As a homeowner, here’s how you can help the installation go off without a hitch:

 

1. Remove the Old Septic System

 

If your installation is a septic system replacement, you’ll need to remove the existing system first. This usually includes the old tank, pipes, and everything in between.

Of course, the best move is to leave the actual procedure to the experts. But it’s up to you to schedule it in a way that leaves enough room for possible troubleshooting. By strategically planning removal and installation with your provider, you can keep delays at bay.

 

2. Get a Soil Test

 

A standard part of the process is testing for soil quality. This will verify that your land can efficiently support a tank and drain field.

Every septic system, after all, uses the surrounding soil to filter and purify wastewater. Getting a soil test in advance allows ample time to make changes as necessary.

Again, a professional septic provider can help coordinate this step. On your end, make sure the test is scheduled in a timely manner.

 

3. Stock Up on Drinking Water

 

During a septic system installation, your property’s water will be turned off. This might continue sometime after it’s finished.

Therefore, it’s important to stock up on drinking water. If it’s particularly hot — or if your household includes people who are young, old, or sick — set aside more than you think you need.

 

4. Plan Toilet and Shower Use

 

While the water is turned off, you’ll also need a place to use the bathroom. Plan to rent a portable toilet on site for your family and septic workers.

Similarly, preparation also involves finding a place to shower. Coordinate with family and friends to ensure your overall schedule is minimally disrupted. Consider making plans to stay elsewhere at night, too.

 

5. Inform Your Neighbors

 

Installing a septic system isn’t a quiet task. It can also take up some space in the road, depending on the layout of your property and neighborhood. Prepare your neighbors by informing them of the upcoming installation and game plan. It’s a simple, kind gesture that they will surely appreciate.

 

6. Clear the Area

 

As the installation day gets closer, clear out the location of your future septic system. Remove debris and objects in the surrounding areas, including the general path leading to the site. This ensures the region is easily accessible for all technicians involved.

 

7. Learn How to Care for Your Septic System

 

The final step is to learn about septic system maintenance. This includes understanding the following:

  • What can (and can’t) go down the drain
  • How to conserve water and why it’s important
  • Your recommended pumping schedule

By being aware of this information, you can get your family ready for a new septic system.

Work with the Expert Technicians at Paradise Valley Septic 

 

To prepare your home and property for a septic system installation, work with a professional provider like Paradise Valley Septic. Our team of experts will guide you through the process, from beginning to end.

Even after the installation is complete, we’ll help you keep tabs on your routine pumping schedule.

As a family-owned and operated business, Paradise Valley Septic is proud to accommodate your residential and commercial septic needs. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 or send us an online message.

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5 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR A HEALTHY SEPTIC SYSTEM

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For most of us, the start of a new year is about making positive changes to support our health. We resolve to eat better, exercise more, save money, and maybe spend more time outside and less time binge-watching the latest new series—all things that will ultimately improve our physical and mental well-being.

This year, why not do the same for your septic system?

The team at Paradise Septic has put together a handy list of New Year’s resolutions to keep your septic system happy and healthy all year long. Take a minute to check them out.

 

1. KNOW THE LOCATION OF YOUR SEPTIC TANK AND DRAIN FIELD.

 

Sound silly? You’d be surprised how many people don’t know this information, especially if you’ve just moved into a new home and this is your first time owning a septic system.

Make it a point to find out exactly where your tank and drain field (also called a leach field) are located so you have a good idea where to start if you think there may be an issue. Then, get to know these 6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy

 

2. BE SMART ABOUT USING WATER IN YOUR HOME.

 

The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water each day at home, mainly indoors for things like bathing, going to the bathroom, washing dishes, and doing laundry. And where does all that water go? Down the pipes and into the septic system. 

Excessive water use can prevent your drain field from absorbing water efficiently, which can lead to overflow problems. Avoid potential issues by following these simple tips to conserve water at home.

 

3. KNOW THE DOS AND DON’TS OF FLUSHING.

 

While most people know that it’s never a good idea to use your toilet as a garbage can, it’s even more crucial to remember when you have a septic system. Why? Because solids that can’t be broken down naturally in a septic tank will often find their way into drainage pipes and clog them—which can turn into a very smelly, messy, and expensive problem.

 

Here’s a quick list of flushing dos and don’ts:

 

DO FLUSH:

  • Toilet paper
  • Organic waste

 

DON’T FLUSH:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Diapers or “flushable” baby wipes/personal hygiene wipes
  • Cat litter
  • Medications
  • Dental floss
  • Condoms
  • Anything other than the septic-safe toilet paper 

 

4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AN ANNUAL INSPECTION.

 

Did you know the most common problem associated with septic systems is a lack of maintenance? When you understand that your septic system is a valuable (and expensive) asset to your home, it’s easy to see why taking good care of it should be a top priority. 

In the same way, you plan for a routine visit to the doctor or dentist, set aside a date to get your septic system inspected. That way, your service provider can quickly identify any potential problems and help you avoid costly repairs in the new year.

 

5. FIND A SEPTIC SERVICE PROVIDER YOU CAN TRUST (AND KEEP THEIR NUMBER ON SPEED DIAL).

 

Paradise Septic has been proudly serving the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas since 1958, providing efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet your residential or commercial septic system needs. 

Now and throughout the year, our experienced service technicians would be happy to assist you in evaluating the health of your septic system and addressing any problems and concerns you may have.

 

Contact us today.

How to Make the Most of Your Drain Field Installation: 6 Tips

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If you’re new to home ownership or using a septic system, a drain field installation can feel overwhelming at first. You might be tempted to sit back, cross your fingers, and let the pros do their job.

While you can trust skilled septic technicians to do just that, it’s still crucial to be involved in the process. It’s even more important to make the most of your drain field installation by treating it as a learning experience. This type of proactive approach will only improve the way you handle and care for the system over time.

 

Here are six tips to get you started:

  1. Ask Questions — Lots of Them

This is the simplest (and most effective) way to make the best of the process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if you’ve never owned or used a septic system. By actively communicating with your technician, you can clear up any confusion and concerns from the get-go.

 

  1. Understand How Drain Fields Fail

On a similar note, take the time to understand why drain fields fail. It’s also wise to recognize how your family’s habits can affect the integrity of your drain field. With this knowledge, you can better understand how to properly care for the area over time.

 

  1. Make Copies of the Installation Plans

Ideally, you’ll already have a copy of the installation plan. But it’s worth going the extra mile and making a few extra copies. You never know when another party — like the next property owner, local government, or septic technician — will require one.

 

  1. Mark the Drain Field

After a drain field installation, it can be difficult to locate the area. Make it easy for yourself by adding a marker. Basic objects, like stones around the drain field, work well. Not only does this make it easy to find, but it reminds others to take care around the area too.

It’s best to avoid trees or bushes, though. The roots can damage the pipes in the drain field. Any trees or bushes should be planted at least 10 feet from the area.

If you’re not sure how to mark the drain field, ask your septic technician for recommendations.

 

  1. Find Out Your Septic Pumping Schedule

Remember, the drain field isn’t a stand-alone area. Since it’s connected to the tank, the wellbeing of the tank determines the wellbeing of the drain field. Routine septic pumping ensures that solid waste doesn’t build up in either area and cause problems.

During your drain field and septic tank installation, be sure to discuss your recommended pumping schedule. This will depend on various factors, including your household size and septic tank capacity.

 

  1. Work with Experienced Septic Technicians

Always work with a professional septic service like Paradise Valley Septic. When your drain field is installed by an experienced company, you’ll feel confident knowing that it’s done right. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized guidance.

 

Contact Paradise Valley Septic Today

Without a healthy drain field, your septic system will ultimately fail. That’s why it’s worth making the most of the drain field installation.

Of course, you can count on Paradise Valley Septic to handle it all. But as a homeowner, you are welcome to ask questions and get involved with the planning process. In fact, we encourage it!

Let’s talk about your commercial and residential septic system needs. Call us at (480) 351-1725 or send us an online message.

Ways to Avoid FOG This Holiday Season

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“Fats, oils, and grease, OH MY!”

 

To your septic system, these three ingredients are just as scary as lions, tigers, and bears.

 

Known in the industry as “FOG,” fats, oils, and grease are a septic system’s worst enemies. As the holiday season gets underway, and you are cooking more and having friends and family over to enjoy the festivities, it can be a big challenge to your septic system.

 

Follow these tips to avoid FOG this holiday season, so you can thoroughly enjoy time with loved ones without the worry of a scary septic situation.

 

Where does FOG come from?

First, it’s important to understand where FOG comes from. The list of fats, oils, and grease that can damage your plumbing and septic system include some obvious and less-obvious items, such as:

 

  • Meat fat from bacon, sausage, poultry, and beef
  • Butter and margarine
  • Cream-based sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dairy products – milk, ice cream, yogurt, cheese
  • Cooking oils

 

You and your guests might not think twice as you clear the table and do the dishes, rinsing off plates and mixing bowls that contain these items. A good rule of thumb is to scrape all table scraps into the trash before rinsing plates in the sink and sending fats and oils down the drain.

 

Alert Your Guests

Family and friends who only visit a couple times a year, or come to stay with you from out-of-town, may not even remember you have a septic system. They might be used to stuffing anything and everything down the kitchen garbage disposal at their homes.

 

Remind them that your septic tank wasn’t built to handle dairy products, turkey skin, and cooking oils.

 

These items and other foods that don’t disintegrate easily are notorious for disrupting the bacteria in your septic tank. When food and waste don’t break down, they become an overload of sludge, clogging up your septic system.

 

Fats, oils, and grease can stick to the inside of sewer pipes, slowing drainage from every sink, toilet, and washing machine in your home.

 

If this happens, instead of celebrating the holidays, you might be making emergency calls to your plumber or septic tank professionals. And, let’s face it — nobody wants that to happen during the most wonderful (busiest) time of the year.

 

The only way you can get FOG out of your septic system is to have it pumped out and cleaned. It won’t take care of itself.

 

A simple list of septic system “dos and don’ts” can save the day, help avoid plumbing disasters, and let everyone rest a little easier while visiting your home.

 

Be Proactive with Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

If you’ve been professionally servicing your septic system on a regular basis, and having it inspected for potential problems, then it should be in good shape for the upcoming holiday season. A healthy septic tank will be ready to handle the extra water usage and waste disposal without a glitch.

 

However, if you can’t remember when you last had your septic system serviced or inspected, you could be in for a potential disaster.

 

Proactive maintenance can save you headaches, time, and money, and keep your septic system functioning optimally all year long. That way, when the holiday season arrives, you’re prepared and don’t have to give it another thought, aside from reminding your guests about fats, oils, and grease.

 

Have questions about FOG, or want to schedule a septic tank inspection before you begin trimming the tree? Give us a call at 480-607-7763 or contact us online anytime.

What Is a Septic Tank Riser?

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When you think about your septic system, thoughts of tanks and pipes probably come to mind. You might even imagine the drainfield, where wastewater moves through the surrounding soil or gravel. 

But what about the lid on the septic tank opening? 

It may seem like an ordinary component, but it can significantly affect overall septic are and maintenance.

This is especially true if the lid has a septic tank riser, one of the most useful structures you can add to your septic system.

 

THE ISSUE WITH STANDARD SEPTIC TANK LIDS

The septic tank lid is one of the most important parts of a septic system. Not only does it stop waste and odors from entering the ground, but it protects your family, too.

There’s just one issue, though. Septic tank lids can be difficult to locate. They’re typically installed just below the ground’s surface, which reduces their visibility.

For most folks, this is desirable. Yet, when it comes time for routine pumpings or inspections, an inconspicuous lid can slow down the process. Your septic technician will need to search for the septic tank, especially if you’re a new owner and unsure where it’s located.

Plus, lids below ground level aren’t very accessible. It can be difficult and time-consuming to perform routine tasks like pumping and maintenance.

 

WHAT IS A SEPTIC TANK RISER?

A septic tank riser is a plastic or concrete pipe that’s vertically installed in a septic tank opening. The pipe is high enough to reach ground level, providing an accessible outlet to the tank.

Most risers are 8 to 24 inches wide. The length, however, depends on the location of your septic tank in relation to ground level. It will need to be long enough to connect the two.

The riser also has a lid, which is visible above the ground’s surface. This offers an easy route of access for septic technicians. As a result, your technician can perform important tasks in the most efficient manner possible.

 

ARE THERE DOWNSIDES OF SEPTIC TANK RISERS?

There are some disadvantages to septic tank risers. However, as you’ll soon see, the pros outweigh the cons.

For example, many homeowners are concerned about the cost of installing a riser. But luckily, the installation process is a one-time investment. Once you pay for the supplies and labor, you won’t have to spend money on the riser again.

Besides, the savings will surpass the cost. If your tank is accessible, technicians can complete routine procedures with ease. This will save time — and money — during future appointments, including inspections and pumpings.

There’s also the potential issue of aesthetics. For some homeowners, the visibility of a septic tank riser is unappealing. This issue can be amended by installing the riser just a few inches under the ground surface. A light layer of soil and grass can then be added on top.

If you’re concerned about your lawn’s appearance, let your septic technician know. They can examine your lawn and suggest the best process to suit your needs.

 

YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC TO RISE TO THE OCCASION

Despite the many benefits of septic tank risers, they’re not a standard part of a septic system. This is especially true for older septic tanks.

You’ll be glad to know that Paradise Valley Septic can install a riser on your septic tank. We can also install other types of structures, like water retention systems, that benefit your overall septic system.

Our team of expert technicians has proudly served the Phoenix area for more than 18 years. We know what it takes to help your septic tank thrive in the Arizona desert.

Ready to schedule an appointment? Call us at (480) 607-7763 or fill out our online form.

THREE REASONS HOMEOWNERS PREFER SEPTIC OVER SEWER SYSTEMS

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The need to eliminate wastewater is something that all homeowners have in common, but how it actually happens depends on where you choose to buy or build your home.

Dwellings located in and around bigger cities and towns are usually linked to public sewer systems. In this case, wastewater leaves the property and travels to a community treatment facility for processing and cleaning.

Of course, this is Arizona, and a lot of home buyers come here for the scenic beauty. If you’re looking to relocate to a more remote, rural area, you may not have the option to connect to city sewer lines. In this case, you’ll have to rely on an on-site septic system; here’s how they work

 

IS ONE OPTION BETTER THAN THE OTHER?

While both sewer and septic systems perform the job of removing and filtering wastewater—including graywater from sinks, showers, dishwashers, and laundry machines and blackwater from toilets—a home septic system is generally considered the less expensive, more environmentally friendly option.

Let’s look at why that is.

 

A SEPTIC SYSTEM WILL SAVE YOU MONEY OVER TIME

With a septic system, the only costs homeowners need to worry about come from the initial installation cost (if already installed, the price of the septic system is typically included in the price of the home) and the minimal maintenance expenses they can expect to pay over the life of the system

In other words, if you’re smart about home water use and regular maintenance, you’ll spend less on your septic system over time than you would if you were part of the community sewer system. 

On the other hand, homeowners who are connected to a sewer system are responsible for paying monthly sewer fees, which can run pretty high depending on where you live and the equipment used by the treatment facility. You may also be forced to pay additional (and often unexpected) charges for sewer system upgrades or repairs.

 

A SEPTIC SYSTEM IS THE CLEANER, “GREENER” OPTION

Large public treatment plants use harsh chemicals (such as chlorine) to disinfect and treat wastewater before dumping it into nearby rivers, which many experts worry may impact the local ecosystem. In contrast, septic systems use only naturally existing bacteria to break down waste, which is considered a big plus by environmentally conscious homeowners.

Not to mention the fact that treatment facilities use a lot of energy—more than 30 terawatt hours per year of electricity. This translates to about $2 billion in annual electric costs, some of which can trickle down to homeowners. Installing an on-site septic system can help cut down on energy use, which is ultimately better for the planet.

Wastewater treatment plants are also far more susceptible to overflows due to high capacity, power outages, or pumps breaking breaking down, but a quality septic tank that is properly maintained should never overflow.

 

SEPTIC SYSTEMS GIVE YOU MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR DRAINAGE

Why rely on a wastewater system managed by your local government if you have the option to be more independent? 

With a septic system, homeowners have complete control over every aspect of their wastewater removal—from monitoring how much water is used in the home and what goes down the drain to making sure your system is properly maintained year after year.

 

GOING SEPTIC? GO WITH THE BEST 

Paradise Septic has been providing residential septic service to homeowners in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas for more than 50 years—from drilling and installation to pumping and regular maintenance

Family owned and operated, we take pride in delivering superior service and efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet all of your septic system needs.

Call Paradise Septic today at (480) 351-1725 or send us a message through our convenient online form.

INSTALLING A NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM? QUICK DESIGN BASICS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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Onsite wastewater treatment definitely has its benefits. Not only is a home septic system a cost-effective option, but it’s also environmentally friendly when properly installed and maintained, and it can help with better water efficiency. For these reasons, many people will opt to install a septic system instead of relying on their municipal sewer system. And, in more rural areas, a septic system is sometimes the only option.

But what exactly do you need to know before choosing the right septic system for your home? Before we get to the basics, you should know there is more than one kind of septic system. You can read about the different types of septic systems here, but this blog will focus mainly on conventional (or basic) septic systems.

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST, HOW BIG SHOULD YOUR SEPTIC TANK BE?

When deciding how big your tank should be, consider the square footage of your home as well as the size of your family and how much water you typically use. Conventional residential septic tanks typically range in size from 750 to 1,250 gallons, with a 1,000 gallon tank being the standard for a three-bedroom home up to 2,500 square feet.

 

WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD YOUR TANK BE MADE OF?

Residential septic tanks are typically constructed of concrete, polyethylene (plastic) or fiberglass. Concrete tanks, while common, weigh considerably more and will require the use of more heavy-duty machinery to install. Polyethylene and fiberglass tanks are lighter and typically easier to install. Talking to a septic system expert about local codes and regulations can also help you select the right material.

 

WHERE SHOULD YOU PUT YOUR SEPTIC TANK?

This is an important question, and one we cover in detail in this blog. In brief, choosing the right location for your residential septic tank will depend on things like installation regulations for your area, the layout of your property, and existing utility lines and soil quality.

HOW BIG SHOULD THE DRAINFIELD BE?

Not all wastewater treatment takes place within the actual septic tank. The drainfield (also called the leach field) performs more than half the job in a conventional residential septic system.

Like your septic tank, the size of the drainfield will depend on the square footage of your home, the size of your family and how much water you typically use. However, soil quality is equally important. If the condition of the soil is good and it percolates well, a ballpark estimate for your drainfield size is about 4,500 square feet (100 feet long x 45 feet wide).

The area where your drainfield will be located should also be clear of any large trees, structures or driveways. You will need to check local zoning rules to determine setback requirements and other possible property regulations.

 

DO I NEED TO PERFORM A SOIL TEST?

Yes—primarily because the quality of the soil in your yard affects how well it will absorb the septic effluent (the liquid waste from the tank that is disposed of in the drainfield). Because the drainfield acts like a giant soil filter, it is important that your soil is highly absorbent.

The best type of soil in which to install your septic system and drainfield is sandy, undisturbed soil. Try to avoid areas of dense clay or bedrock, which can prevent water flow. Also steer clear of coarse, gravelly soils that may drain too quickly. A percolation test (or perc test for short) will help you determine the state of your soil.

 

YOU’RE BETTER OFF LEAVING IT TO THE EXPERTS

Paradise Septic has been providing residential septic service to homes and businesses in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas for more than 50 years—from drilling and installation to pumping and regular maintenance.

Family owned and operated, we take pride in delivering superior service and providing efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet your residential or commercial septic system needs.

 

Call Paradise Septic today at (480) 351-1725 or send us a message through our convenient online form.

 

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.

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