Leach Field Maintenance and Common Issues

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The leach field, also known as the drain field, is a primary component of your septic system. It’s in charge of dispersing the purified wastewater that leaves your septic tank. If your septic system was properly installed, the leach field should be in a spacious, open area in your yard—not far from your actual house.

At first glance, your leach field might seem like nothing more than a space in the ground. But when it comes to the health of your septic system, the leach field is a complex beast. If it develops any problems, you may be faced with a septic system failure.

Needless to say, caring for your leach field should be at the top of mind. Let’s dive into the best practices for leach field maintenance, along with common issues.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LEACH FIELD

Leach field care primarily involves the following:

 

Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drain

Daily maintenance starts within the home. To start, avoid disposing food, paper towels, or other solid items in the drain. This includes food scraps like eggshells and coffee grounds. (Tip: Use them as plant fertilizer instead!) These materials can clog your system, causing a dreaded backup.

You should also refrain from pouring chemicals and heavy liquids—including fats, oils, and grease—down the drain. These substances can harm the bacteria in your septic tank, making it difficult for them to break down solids before the water enters the leach field.

 

Keep the Leach Field Clear and Free

Never plant trees, bushes, or other plants less than 10 feet from your leach field. The roots can become invasive and block the leach field pipes.

Similarly, avoid parking or driving vehicles on the area. This includes tractors, dirt bikes, and even go-carts. The weight of these vehicles can damage the pipes, especially when the soil is wet.

 

Regularly Pump Your Septic System

Staying on top of your septic pumpings is one of the best things you can do for leach field maintenance. As a preventive measure, regular pumpings can stop septic sludge from accumulating and sneaking into your leach field. This sludge can overload the area, ultimately causing drain field failure.

Most septic systems need to be pumped every 1 to 3 years, depending on the size of your household. Get in touch with your septic provider for a personalized recommendation.

 

COMMON LEACH FIELD ISSUES TO WATCH OUT FOR

By following the above guidelines, you can protect your leach field and avoid the following issues:

  • Slow draining tubs, washing machines, or showers
  • Gurgling drains
  • Sluggish flushing
  • Sewage backups
  • Sewage odor (outside or inside)
  • Standing water in the drainfield with lush, green grass

And if you already have these problems? Contact your local septic provider as soon as possible.

 

CALL THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

Since 1958, Paradise Valley Septic has specialized in leach field maintenance and common issues. We’ve provided septic replacements, repairs, and pumpings for thousands of homeowners in the Phoenix area.

Together, we can keep your drainfield healthy—just give us a call. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 today.

Does Shower Water Go into Your Septic System?

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For many people, taking a shower is an activity that’s done without a second thought. Yet, if you own a septic system, it’s a good idea to know if shower water goes into your tank. This will help you understand how your daily habits affect your system, and ultimately, its overall health.

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SHOWER WATER GOES DOWN THE DRAIN?

Every drain in your home leads to a single pipe. This includes your shower drain, along with the drains connected to your toilet, sinks, dishwasher, and washing machine.

In that one pipe, all the wastewater comes together. It then flows into your septic system, where “good” bacteria in your tank break down organic materials.

So, yes—shower water goes into your septic system! However, it doesn’t enter the tank by itself. Shower water converges with wastewater from other sources before flowing into the system.

 

SEPTIC FAILURE WILL CAUSE PROBLEMS IN YOUR SHOWER

Have you ever wrapped up a shower… only to find yourself standing in a puddle of water? Don’t ignore it, friends. Slow draining water could be a sign of a septic system failure.

Granted, it might also mean that your drain is simply clogged with hair. Try fishing out any hair and see if it helps. If the issue persists, you may be dealing with a much bigger issue.

In addition to a slow drain, a septic system failure can cause the following shower problems:

  • Dirty water backing up into the shower drain
  • Strong sewage odor
  • Gurgling noises

 

PROTECT YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM WITH THESE BEST PRACTICES

When it comes to septic system care, getting regular septic pumpings is a must. But it’s also wise to be mindful of your habits inside the home.

In terms of taking showers, try to:

  • Take shorter showers. When possible, keep your showers short and sweet. Taking long showers can waste a lot of water and overwhelm your system.
  • Fill the tub instead. If you want to soak in warm water for 30 minutes or more, take a bath instead.
  • Install a flow reducer. Also known as a flow restrictor or water restrictor, this device decreases how much water flows through your shower head. It conserves water and saves money on your water bill.
  • Fix leaks right away. If you notice a leak in your shower, get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you’ll waste water and stress out your system.

 

CONTACT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FOR PROFESSIONAL SEPTIC SERVICES

Have questions about your septic system? Talk to our team at Paradise Valley Septic. Our technicians can explain precisely what goes into your septic tank (beyond the shower water). We’re also happy to explain the best practices for other activities like doing laundry and using the dishwasher.

To learn more about our residential septic services, contact us at (480) 351-1725.

The Best Dishwasher Detergent for Septic Systems

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When you have a septic system, it’s extra-important to be mindful of what goes down the drain. This includes everything from laundry detergent to dish soap — and even toilet paper. But if you also have a dishwasher, it’s worth thinking about what kind of dish detergent you’re using, too.

Besides, it can be easy to toss in your favorite dishwasher soap and call it a day. This is especially likely if you’re used to washing dishes by hand or don’t use your dishwasher often. Regardless, in order to treat your septic well, choosing the best dishwasher detergent for septic systems is key.

 

WHY YOUR DISHWASHER DETERGENT MATTERS

Dishwashers, like washing machines, tend to use a lot of water. But when it comes to septic issues, this often isn’t the problem. Typically, the detergent is the one to blame.

For starters, dishwasher detergents labeled as “anti-bacterial” are bad news. They can kill your tank’s good bacteria, which are responsible for breaking down solid waste. This prevents your septic tank from filling up too quickly.

But without enough bacteria, solid waste will build up. The result? Back-ups, unpleasant odors, and a damaged drainfield.

Additionally, some dishwasher detergents have phosphates, which can kill the enzymes and bacteria in your tank. Phosphates are chemicals that help remove food and grime from your dishes. Unfortunately, these chemicals can seriously threaten the health of your septic system.
Phosphates are also toxic for the environment. After passing through a septic system, they linger in wastewater and enter natural bodies of water. Here, the phosphates feed harmful algae, which significantly decrease oxygen levels in the water. As a result, marine life (like fish) cannot survive.

In the United States, phosphates have been banned from laundry detergent. However, they’re still used in other types of household soaps – including dishwasher detergent. Only a handful of states have banned the use of phosphates in dishwasher soap.

 

BEST DISHWASHER DETERGENT FOR SEPTIC SYSTEMS

When buying a dishwasher detergent, choose products that are:

  • Phosphate-free
  • Non-antibacterial
  • Eco-friendly
  • Biodegradable

Typically, a detergent that checks all these boxes will be labeled with these terms. They might also be called “septic-safe,” but it’s still wise to check the packaging and fine print.

 

OTHER SEPTIC-SAFE DISHWASHING TIPS

In addition to choosing the right dishwasher detergent, there are other things you can do to protect your septic system while using the dishwasher:

  • Use the dishwasher when you aren’t doing laundry or using the shower. This can severely overload your septic tank. Instead, spread out your major water usage throughout the week or day.
  • Upgrade your dishwasher, if necessary. Older models tend to be less efficient than newer ones.
  • Always run the dishwasher with a full load. This way, you can make the most out of the water and energy.

 

HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

Using the right dishwasher detergent for your septic system is the best thing you can do. Not only does it extend the life of your system, but it protects the environment as well.

For specific questions related to your septic, contact us at (480) 351-1725. One of our expert septic technicians will be happy to assist you.

Is Fabric Softener Bad for Septic Systems?

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You already know that certain substances are bad for your septic system, which is why you make a conscious effort to keep your system functioning optimally. You follow the “no FOG” rule of keeping your drains free of fats, oils, and grease. You are careful about what your family flushes down the toilets, and you don’t do six loads of laundry in a row, so as not to overwhelm your septic tank.

These are all good ways to protect your septic system from damage and prevent backups, but if you’re using fabric softener for each load of laundry, you may be unknowingly disrupting the balance of bacteria in your tank. Here’s the truth about how fabric softener is affecting your septic system.

 

Fabric softener can have the same effect as cooking grease in your septic tank

You know not to pour cooking grease down your drain, but did you know that many fabric softeners are petroleum-based products? This thin layer of chemicals is what helps make your clothes feel softer, but it contains petroleum, as in oil.

Additionally, the most common fabric softening chemicals — quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats” — have antibacterial qualities. These quats can actually kill the good bacteria in your septic tank — the ones that break down waste and keep your system running smoothly.

Many popular fabric softener brands also contain:

  • Acids
  • Silicone-based antifoaming agents
  • Emulsion stabilizers
  • Fragrances
  • Colors

 

While you don’t have to understand exactly what these chemicals are, what you do need to know is that they’re harmful to your septic tank’s self-sufficient system and equilibrium.

Some of the most popular fragrances and colors are a mixture of untested, toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on your system and the environment. Petroleum products can also be toxic to the natural microbes in septic systems.

 

Natural alternatives are better for you and your septic tank

We understand that you want clean, soft clothes — who doesn’t? But, it’s much safer for you, your septic system, and the environment, if you choose natural alternatives to commercial brand fabric softeners.

You can find recipes for homemade liquid fabric softeners online, or you can simply add a half-cup of distilled white vinegar to your laundry during your machine’s rinse cycle.

Alternatively, you can use natural wool or bamboo dryer balls to add fluff and softness to your clothes in the dryer instead of the washer. (That won’t harm your septic tank at all!)

 

Start with a professional inspection from Paradise Valley Septic

The best way to learn if your fabric softener has caused damage to your septic system is to schedule a septic tank inspection. The experienced professionals at Paradise Valley Septic are experts at evaluating your entire septic system and identifying any existing or potential problems.

We can also offer suggestions for updating all the products in your home that might be harmful to your septic system.

For the best residential and commercial septic service in the Phoenix area, give us a call to schedule an appointment or contact us online anytime.

 

References:

https://livesimply.me/homemade-liquid-fabric-softener/
http://www.crewsenvironmental.com/fabric-softeners-and-septic-system/
https://septicpreservation.com/fabric-softeners-can-negative-effect-septic-system/
https://www.pumper.com/online_exclusives/2016/05/septic_care_warning_customers_about_fabric_softeners
https://www.expressplumbingidaho.com/blog/fabric-softeners-septic-tanks/
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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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