How Do I Know What Kind of Septic System I Have?

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If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you might be wondering what type of septic system you have. This is especially true if your environment or property has unique conditions that may require a non-conventional system.
Besides, as a homeowner, this information is critical for routine care. The specific type of system determines everything from potential issues to necessary precautions.

To figure out what kind of septic system you have, consider the following factors:

 

TYPE OF HOME

If you live in a single-family home, you might have a conventional septic system. But if you live in a community such as a rural subdivision, you may have a cluster septic system with a shared drainfield.

Meanwhile, vacation homes often use chamber systems. This kind of system is gravel-less and is ideal for locations that produce an inconsistent amount of wastewater throughout the year.

 

NEARBY BODIES OF WATER

Do you live near a body of water? If so, you might have a sand filter system. This type of system is used when there isn’t enough soil to treat wastewater. It uses a sand filter, which treats the water before it flows into the soil.

Houses near bodies of water that are vulnerable to contamination sometimes use aerobic treatment units (ATUs). These systems insert oxygen into the tank, which promotes bacterial activity.

 

SIZE OF PROPERTY

Smaller lots, like those found along the coast, often use ATUs. That’s because ATUs require less space compared to standard systems.

 

WATER TABLE

Your property’s water table can also shed light on the type of septic system you may have. In locations with high water tables, the following kinds are often used:

  • Chamber systems
  • ATUs
  • Mound systems
  • Recirculating sand filter systems

 

SAND MOUND

Observe your property. Is there an elevated sand mound out back? This likely indicates a mound septic system, which involves a drainfield trench installed above the ground. Mound systems are typically used for locations with shallow bedrock or soil depth.

 

ENVIRONMENT

Do you get less than 24 inches of rain each year? You probably have an evapotranspiration system, which allows effluent to evaporate. The system depends on sunlight and heat, so it’s used in very dry climates.

Since too much rain or snow will cause the system to fail, you likely don’t have this type if you live in a rainy region.

 

CALL THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

Hopefully, you now have a better idea of what kind of septic system you have. However, if you’re still not sure, feel free to get in touch. Our team of expert technicians can help you determine the type, along with its unique features.

But what if you already know this information? It’s still a good idea to learn about your system’s specific needs. This way, you can take the proper steps to keep your tank and drainfield healthy.

Paradise Valley Septic is ready to lend a hand. To learn more about our residential septic services in Arizona, contact us at (480) 351-1725 or email us at mail@paradisevalleyseptic.com.

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How Deep Should a Septic System Be?

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When it’s time to install a septic system, its depth is one of the most crucial aspects. This not only determines how well each part works, but how well the parts work together. In other words, how deep your system is installed will influence its success.

However, if you’re like most homeowners, you likely want to keep the system hidden and out-of-sight. You might even be thinking of a deeper installation to ensure that the top of the tank is completely covered.

But a deeper placement could be difficult to access during routine pumpings. It could also prevent gravity from properly moving effluent into the drainfield.

And then there are the following factors, which affect how deep a septic system should be. Read on to learn about what to consider, along with the typical recommendations.

 

WHAT DETERMINES THE DEPTH OF YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM?

When it’s time to bury your septic system, there are several factors to consider:

Water Table

If you have a high water table, a deep septic installation may not be the best choice. You might need to add more soil to provide adequate absorption. This creates a mound that serves as an above-ground drainfield.

Soil Type

On a similar note, the contents of your soil also matter. High water tables are common in regions with high amounts of clay. A professional septic company—like Paradise Valley Septic—can determine your soil makeup during the planning process.

Property Features

While planning and designing your system, your technician will analyze the physical features of your property. This may include slopes, nearby bodies of water and drainage patterns of the land. From there, they can determine the ideal trench depth of your drainfield.

Type of Tank

It’s also important to consider the type of tank that’s appropriate for your property. Many tanks are made to hold up to 2 to 3 feet of soil on top, so placing them any deeper might violate the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

HOW DEEP SHOULD MY SEPTIC SYSTEM BE?

Let’s look at the typical depths for each part of a septic system:

 

SEPTIC TANK: 4 INCHES TO 4 FEET DEEP

Depending on the above factors, your septic tank may be placed anywhere between this range. It’s also possible to install it at ground level, which makes it easy for technicians to access.

But what if you want to install your tank below ground level but still make service easy? You can install a septic tank riser, which brings the opening of your tank closer to the ground.

It’s best to avoid placing your septic tank deeper than necessary, though. If it’s installed too deep, effluent might backup instead of flowing into the drainfield.

 

DRAINFIELD: 2 TO 4 FEET DEEP

After effluent leaves the septic tank, it flows through perforated pipes in the drainfield. This area is typically 2 to 4 feet deep.

You don’t want to install your drainfield any deeper. The bacteria in the soil need enough oxygen to filter wastewater. If there’s too much soil, the friendly microorganisms won’t have an adequate oxygen supply—resulting in a dreaded septic backup.

Moreover, if you’re installing a gravity system, the drainfield will need to be deeper than the septic tank. This means your septic tank and drainfield can’t both be 4 feet deep. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need a pumped system.

 

LET PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FIGURE OUT THE DETAILS

As you can see, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Our team at Paradise Valley Septic can determine how deep your septic system should be. While we’re at it, we can also help you choose the best type of septic system for your property.

Besides, when it comes to residential and commercial septic systems, we’re pros! To book an appointment, fill out our online form or call us at (480) 351-1725.

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Is Dawn Dish Soap Safe for My Septic System?

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When it comes to cleaning products, there’s nothing more iconic than a bottle of Dawn soap. The bright blue liquid is advertised to be gentle enough to clean baby ducks and strong enough to cut grease. Many people even use it for non-dishwashing purposes, like removing soap scum or fighting weeds.

Needless to say, the popular soap is touted as a mild dish liquid that can do no wrong. But is Dawn safe for your septic system? Let’s look at what you need to know.

 

WHY YOUR DISH SOAP MATTERS

Dish soap has an innocent reputation. It’s an ordinary household product, after all! The soap is also sold everywhere and leaves your dishes squeaky clean—what harm could it possibly do?

As it turns out, it can seriously damage your septic system. Like many household items, conventional dish soap is more likely to contain harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable ingredients. This could take a toll on your system’s well-being over time.

Specifically, household products can disrupt the levels of natural bacteria in your tank and drain field. These bacteria break down organic solids and filter wastewater. Without healthy amounts of bacteria, your septic system can’t properly do its job.

Harmful chemicals might also contaminate the groundwater and surrounding soil, which can upset the environmental integrity of your property.

Phosphates are major culprits, but anything that’s petroleum-based or anti-bacterial can pose a problem, too.
There’s also the possibility of septic clogs and backups. If certain ingredients aren’t biodegradable, they can eventually accumulate and clog your septic system.

 

IS DAWN DISH SOAP SAFE FOR MY SEPTIC SYSTEM?

Dawn produces many cleaning products. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on Dawn’s Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid. This is the classic blue dish soap labeled as “original,” which most people are familiar with.

And when it comes to your septic system, Dawn may not be the safest choice.

While the soap is free of phosphates, it’s not clear if it’s fully biodegradable. Dawn’s FAQ page states that their products have biodegradable surfactants—but they don’t mention the remaining ingredients.
According to the product’s ingredient list, the soap has:

 

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium lauryl sulfate, a surfactant, is listed as an environmental toxin (and irritant to humans) by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
  • Sodium laureth sulfate. Sodium laureth sulfate is also used as a surfactant. The EWG lists 1,4-dioxane (an environmental pollutant) as a contamination concern of this ingredient.
  • Methylisothiazolinone. In Dawn, this acts as a preservative. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methylisothiazolinone is “moderately to highly toxic” to marine and freshwater organisms.

 

Dawn also has a “D” rating on EWG. This is based on factors like “poor ingredient disclosure” and “potential for aquatic toxicity.” Furthermore, back in 2010, it was revealed that Dawn soap was petroleum-based.

Now, the formula may have changed since then. There also isn’t any specific research on how Dawn specifically affects septic systems. However, based on the available information, Dawn may not be the safest choice.

 

SEPTIC-FRIENDLY DISH SOAPS

To err on the side of caution, use more natural dish soaps. Look for products that are biodegradable and free of the above ingredients. While you’re at it, avoid antibacterial formulas, which can harm the friendly microbes in your tank.

 

CONTACT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC TODAY

It’s true that Dawn isn’t as harsh as other soaps. Yet, there are definitely safer choices on the market. Our technicians can provide recommendations at your next septic appointment.

We can also discuss other products that are toxic to your septic system. With our guidance—and regular pumpings—you can keep your system healthy and well.

Paradise Valley Septic offers residential and commercial septic service throughout the Phoenix area. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 to schedule an appointment.

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What’s the Best Toilet Paper for Septic Systems?

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Septic system maintenance isn’t just about regular checkups and inspections. It also depends on your household’s overall water usage and habits. And, as you probably already know, this involves what you flush down the toilet. Otherwise, you might end up with a failing septic system and a very expensive problem.

To avoid this nightmare, it’s important to choose your toilet paper with care. After all, this is the only thing—besides human waste—that should even go in the toilet. Let’s delve into the best toilet paper for septic systems and why they’re great options.

 

1. RECYCLED TOILET PAPER

Standard toilet paper usually contains a variety of chemicals, like formaldehyde and chlorine bleach. These substances could mess with the bacteria in your septic tank and reduce its overall effectiveness.
But recycled toilet paper is produced with fewer chemicals, which is healthier for your septic system—and your family. Furthermore, the recycled kind breaks down easier than its traditional counterpart. This means it will dissolve quickly in your tank, reducing the chances of unfortunate septic backups.
When buying recycled toilet paper, always choose a product that’s made of 100 percent recycled materials.

 

2. BIODEGRADABLE TOILET PAPER

As a paper product, conventional toilet paper will eventually decompose. However, this process requires a lot of time and water. Biodegradable toilet paper dissolves much faster. That’s because it’s made with natural materials such as cotton, wood fiber, and bamboo. This type of toilet paper is free of additives as well. The only drawback? Biodegradable toilet paper can be quite expensive, so keep this in mind before shopping.

 

3. SINGLE-PLY TOILET PAPER

If you must opt for traditional toilet paper, choose single-ply. Also known as 1-ply, this tissue paper is made with one layer of paper. Two-ply tissue, on the other hand, consists of two layers. (And 3-ply has three.)
Since single-ply tissue paper is thin, it dissolves like a charm in a septic tank. Meanwhile, multi-ply tissue takes longer to break down, which can quickly fill up your tank. It’s also more likely to clog your pipes.

 

4. TALK TO THE PROFESSIONALS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

In general, the best toilet paper for septic systems is thin and contains few chemicals. But if you’re not sure what to look for, check the labels on the packaging of toilet paper. Keep an eye out for words like “septic-safe” or “septic-friendly.” While you’re at it, try to use just one or two sheets during each bathroom trip. This significantly limits how much paper enters your tank, which reduces how fast it fills up.

The result is less frequent pumpings and fewer potential problems. Who can argue with that?
Our team is also happy to provide personalized recommendations, along with other tips for septic system maintenance.

 

Have questions? Contact us at (480) 351-1725 or email us at mail@paradisevalleyseptic.com.

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How to Choose a Septic System

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Once you’ve decided to install a septic system, you may start thinking about septic care and maintenance. Your new system, after all, will require you to be more mindful of habits like conserving water and pouring grease down the drain.

But before you begin enforcing these new house rules, you’ll want to focus on choosing the best septic system for your home.

Yes, that’s right—there are options. Contrary to popular belief, not all septic systems solely involve a tank and drain field. Some types of septic systems require advanced treatment methods to compensate for poor drainage in the soil.

And even if a septic system does operate with just a tank and drain field, there are still other factors to consider. These aspects will determine your specific requirements, and ultimately, the type of septic system you need.

If you’re like most homeowners, you’re likely wondering how to choose a septic system. Here’s what should influence your decision:

 

1. NEIGHBORHOOD

Aside from any local laws and regulations, the landscape of your neighborhood matters. For instance, if your property is close to water or is in a rocky area, there might not be enough soil to filter wastewater. You may need a sand filter system, which uses a sand filter to treat water.

 

2. PROPERTY SIZE

The available space plays a role. For example, you may need an aerobic septic system if you have a smaller property. This option—which uses multiple tanks and oxygen to break down organic matter— would be ideal because its drain field is quite small.

 

3. PROPERTY SLOPE

The slope of your land also matters. Remember, standard septic systems rely on gravity to move wastewater through. But if your property slopes upward, or if the drain field needs to be installed far away, you’ll likely need another type of system to help the tank drain upward.

 

4. LANDSCAPE

It’s also critical to consider trees, buildings, and other structures in your yard. Depending on what can be removed, your landscape may determine the size of your septic system and drain field. (Things like trees can damage or obstruct the system). At the very least, this affects any preparation required before the system is installed.

 

5. SOIL TYPE

The success of your drain field depends on the surrounding soil. But if the area doesn’t have enough soil to filter wastewater, you may need an alternative treatment method.

 

6. RAINFALL

As an outdoor structure that handles water, rainfall also affects your system. You’ll likely need an alternative version if you live in a dry environment that gets less than two feet of rain per year.

 

7. HOUSEHOLD

You also need to make sure your septic tank is the right size. If you have a particularly large family, you’ll want a tank big enough to handle the wastewater each day.

 

8. WATER USAGE

Is your house a permanent home? Or is it your summer or winter house? This impacts your household’s typical water usage, which then influences your ideal tank size.

 

TALK TO PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FOR EXPERT ADVICE

We know that this is a lot of information to absorb. But luckily for you, Paradise Valley Septic is ready to help you throughout the entire process. Our team will explain how we choose a septic system for your property, along with many options and alternatives, if applicable.

Paradise Valley Septic serves Phoenix and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (480) 351-1725.

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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.

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