I Have a Septic System: How Many Loads of Laundry Can I Do in a Day?

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For many folks, laundry is just another boring chore. But if you have a septic system, it’s crucial to think of laundry as anything but. As a major contributor to your household’s overall water usage, laundry can seriously impact the health of your septic system.

In fact, your laundry habits play a major role in long-term septic care and maintenance. This includes how many loads of laundry you do in a day.

 

LAUNDRY AND YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Washing machines use a lot of water. Consider this: Older washers can use anywhere from 30 to 45 gallons of water per load, while high-efficiency machines use much less—about 5 to 30 gallons of water for the same load.

So, aside from investing in a high-energy washer, it’s wise to assess the way you do laundry. That’s because excess wastewater—from your washing machine or otherwise—can eventually strain your septic system.

With that said, avoid washing multiple loads of laundry in a single day. When you wash one load after the other, your system won’t have enough time to sufficiently treat and breakdown the waste. The result? Solid waste can build up, causing backups and drainfield problems.

This is even more likely if your septic system is overdue for a routine pumping.

 

FOR BEST RESULTS, LIMIT YOUR LAUNDRY EACH DAY

Stick to one or two loads a day whenever possible. It’s the best way to protect your septic system and prolong its lifespan. If you decide to do two loads in a day, try to space them out. For example, do one load in the morning and one in the evening.

Admittedly, following these recommendations can be difficult if you aren’t home very often. But remember, the habit can make or break the fitness of your septic system. By spreading your laundry throughout the week, you can avoid potential septic problems in the future.

 

OTHER WATER USAGE MATTERS, TOO

Be mindful of other household activities that rely on water, such as:

  • Taking showers and baths
  • Flushing the toilet
  • Using the dishwasher
  • Washing the dishes in the sink

The more these things happen when you do laundry, the more water will flow into your septic system. So, try to limit or avoid these tasks when it’s time to do laundry. (But obviously, if you need to use the toilet… please do!)

It’s also a good idea to wash your clothes when there’s a minimal household activity, like when the kids are sleeping or no guests are present.

 

WASH WISELY WITH PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

When it comes to septic care, how many loads of laundry you do each day will make a difference. As a rule of thumb, try to spread out your loads throughout the week and always wash a full load. It’s also best to use liquid detergent.

If you have questions, talk to the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We can provide more personalized recommendations based on the size of your system and household. Our team of septic technicians can also suggest the best pumping schedule for your situation.

To learn more, fill out our online form or call us at (480) 351-1725.

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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.

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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE MONSOONS ARE OVER?

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Remember our blog a few months ago about how to prepare your septic system for monsoon season? Good news! It’s almost over. If you took the time to follow our advice, that should mean you can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

As we head into September and the heavy rains, thunderstorms and flash floods begin to diminish, now is the perfect time to check in on your septic system and make sure it survived the season intact.

FIRST THINGS FIRST, CHECK YOUR DRAINFIELD

If Mother Nature has mellowed out but the water over your drainfield still hasn’t receded, you could have a problem. Standing water that doesn’t resolve is a sign your drainfield may be failing. If that happens, your septic tank may overflow and cause sinks and toilets to drain slowly or back up into your home or office.

Other indications you may have a drainfield problem? A strong sewage odor outdoors or inside the residence, and a black slimy substance on the ground above your septic tank or field lines. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call a professional right away.

THINK THERE MIGHT BE DEBRIS IN YOUR TANK?

Monsoon season can be rough on your septic system, and sometimes silt and debris can make their way into your septic tank. If you think this is the case, there’s a good chance your septic system needs to be pumped.

If you want to try to assess the damage on your own, make sure the water has receded enough that you can safely open your tank. If don’t feel comfortable taking a peek, call the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We’ve been taking care of septic systems in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas since 1958, which means we’ve been through a monsoon season or two and know exactly what to look for.

HAVE YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTED FOR GOOD MEASURE

Living in Arizona means taking a few extra precautions before and after monsoon season to keep your septic system running smoothly. Even if you don’t see an immediate problem, consider having a septic inspection performed after things calm down to ensure your system is still in good shape.

A certified inspector will conduct a thorough examination of your drainfield and all of your tank components so you can rest assured knowing your septic system will live to see another season. If we do see a problem, we’ll notify you immediately and get it taken care of as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

TRUST PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC TO HELP YOU WEATHER THE STORM

Before, during and after monsoon season, the experienced technicians at Paradise Valley Septic are here to help with all of your septic system needs. You can count on us for regular maintenance throughout the year, but we’re also here when things go wrong and you need unexpected repairs.

Contact us today to find out more or set up an appointment.

MONSOON SEASON IS COMING HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Monsoon Season Is Coming: How to Prepare Your Septic System

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With monsoon season approaching, it’s time to take precautions to ensure that your septic system doesn’t backup during the heavy rains.

It‘s possible for a compromised septic system to send waste water back into your home, leaving you with with a costly repair bill and the scent of regret. So, here’s how to keep your system flowing smoothly:

Monsoon Proof Your Septic System Beforehand

  • Make sure your system has been properly serviced and inspected by a professional. A poorly maintained septic system can turn big rains into a big mess.
  • Walk your drainfield and make sure the dirt isn’t compacted. Compressed dirt is less absorbent and won’t be as effective during wet weather.
  • Clean gutters and keep drainage and house runoff from flowing into your drainage field. Keeping excess water out of the drainfield will help prevent your septic system from overloading and backing up.

It’s Already Raining and There’s a Problem…

  • If the drains in your home are slowing and the toilets don’t flush with their usual vigor, your system is struggling. If the drainfield is flooded, you need to begin to reduce the amount of water going down the drain.
  • Conserve water to allow the drainfield to catch up. Don’t flush until you have to, and put off taking a shower.
  • Call a professional!

You Can See Clearly Now, The Rains Are Gone

  • After the heavy rains, is your drainfield still saturated? Chances are, your system may have sustained damaged and will need to be pumped as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect dirt or debris got into the system, it will also need to be pumped.

With some planning, and a little vigilance, monsoon season doesn’t have to lead to costly repairs. If you have questions or concerns about your septic system give us a call and let us set your system right.

6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy Paradise Valley Septic

6 Ways to Keep Your Drainfield Healthy

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A septic system is a complicated beast. It’s in our best interest to keep that beast happy, healthy and in good working order.

In a septic system’s elimination process, the drainfield serves as the beast’s digestive system. What goes in, must come out. Everything that goes down the drain gets sorted and eventually makes its way to the drainfield, where nature takes over. It’s really an amazing process.

But, in order to keep things working smoothly, we must keep the drainfield healthy. Here are six ways to do just that: