Septic Tank Inspection: When You Need It and What to Expect

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Septic tank inspections are a lot like regular doctor’s checkups. When done routinely and properly, they give you a chance to spot problems before they become worse—and, in some cases, prevent them from happening in the first place.

But much like doctor’s checkups, septic tank inspections should only be done by a professional. Otherwise, you run the risk of overlooking or misinterpreting the “symptoms” of your system.

Here, we explain when you need septic tank inspections, along with what to expect.

 

SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION FREQUENCY

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential septic systems need to be inspected at least once every three years.

This is true even if your septic system seems to be working well and isn’t causing any problems. Here’s why: Septic failure often stems from small, fixable issues. These issues may not always be obvious, let alone cause noticeable problems. The key is to identify these hiccups before they lead to expensive system-wide failures.

Keep in mind that every household is different. Depending on your overall water usage and type of septic system, you may need more or less frequent septic tank inspections.

You should also schedule an inspection if you:

  • Notice a problem (such as standing water, stinky odors, or sluggish drains)
  • Are planning to renovate your home
  • Are moving into a new home with a septic system
  • Are overdue for a septic inspection or routine pumping

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SEPTIC INSPECTION

In general, here’s what you can expect during a septic system inspection:

  • Consultation. Your septic provider will want to learn about how your system has been cared for thus far. They’ll ask questions about its maintenance history, along with any potential issues.
  • Visual inspection. Next, your septic provider will check the inside of your tank. They’ll look for signs of leaks, overload, and damage.
  • Pumping and drainfield test. Finally, your provider will determine if your drainfield is working properly. They’ll pump the tank and examine the area, where they’ll look for any backflow.

The inspector will also dig up the soil around the septic system and drainfield. Therefore, it’s important to keep the area clear of objects and other debris.

 

CALL PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FOR A SEPTIC INSPECTION IN PHOENIX

Not sure if it’s time to get a septic tank inspection? Contact the professionals at Paradise Valley Septic. Our trained septic providers can explain when you should get inspections, along with what to expect. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 today.

 

Will There Be Smells After a Septic Pump?

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Most homeowners recognize the importance of regular septic pumpings. Not only do they prolong the life of your septic tank, but they can also prevent backups and stinky odors. Yet, due to the nature of a septic pump, you may wonder if there will be smells after all is said and done.

 

WILL A SEPTIC PUMPING CAUSE BAD ODORS?

It’s true that septic pumpings are effective for avoiding backups—and therefore, the stinky scents and headaches that come with them.

But sometimes, it can cause unpleasant smells too.

This isn’t an excuse to skip your routine septic pumping, though. Some causes of foul odors after a septic pump are normal and to be expected. In other cases, the odors might be due to a non-septic problem that requires immediate attention.

 

CAUSES OF STINKY ODORS AFTER A SEPTIC PUMPING

If your house smells like septic after a pumping service, here’s what might be to blame:

  1. Normal Air Circulation
    During the pumping process, the water in a septic tank is completely sucked out. This stirs up the natural (and smelly) gases in the tank, which can backtrack into your home. Don’t worry, though! The odor should go away in a couple of hours. You can speed up the process by running some water down every drain.
  2. Spilling During Pumping
    Ideally, your septic provider will perform the pumping in a neat and professional manner. This means zero stinky spillage outside of your septic tank. But if your septic technicians do a haphazard job, you may be left with septic waste on your property.No matter how bad the spillage looks or smells, do not clean it up yourself. This is unsafe. Ask the original septic provider to fix their mistake or consult a more qualified septic provider like Paradise Valley Septic.
  3. Damaged Toilet Seal
    Typically, toilets are connected to the floor with an airtight wax seal or ring. This seal stops flushed sewage from leaking onto your bathroom floor. At the same time, it stops smelly gases from filling up the bathroom. But like most things in a well-loved home, this seal can break over time.When this happens, you may have one stinky bathroom. The odors will likely be present even before your septic pump, but the process can simply worsen the smell. In this case, have a plumber replace the toilet wax ring.
  4. Faulty Plumbing Vents
    Plumbing vents help remove gasses and odors from your plumbing system. They consist of vertical pipes connected to your mainline. The pipes lead to a vent on your roof, which let the gasses out. When your plumbing vents are working properly, they also regulate air pressure in your septic system.However, if the vent becomes blocked, the gases will get stuck in the system. This will disrupt the air pressure and push foul odors through your drains, which may get worse after a septic pump. Again, you’ll want to contact an experienced plumber to fix the issue.

 

LET PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC HELP YOU AVOID SEPTIC ODORS

If you’re concerned about unpleasant smells after a septic pump, talk to the experts at Paradise Valley Septic. We can explain what’s normal during a septic pumping, so you (and your nose) know what to expect. Our team is also happy to address any questions you may have.

For professional septic service in the Greater Phoenix area, contact us at (480) 351-1725.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I Hear Water Running in My Septic Tank...Why?

I Hear Water Running in My Septic Tank…Why?

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If you have a septic system, you’ve likely been told to watch out for gurgling or bubbling noises. This sound, after all, could be a sign of a blockage or poor draining. It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare!

But what if you hear water running in your septic tank? Should you be concerned?

Let’s look at the potential reasons behind this mysterious noise.

WHY DO I HEAR WATER RUNNING IN MY SEPTIC TANK?

While wastewater from your home does regularly flow into your septic tank, you shouldn’t hear trickling or running noises. Here are three possible causes:

  1. GROUNDWATER IS LEAKING INTO YOUR TANK

    The sound of trickling water could indicate that groundwater is leaking into your tank.

    If you have a concrete septic tank, a crack could be the culprit. If you have a steel septic tank, you might be dealing with rust damage. A plastic or fiberglass septic tank can also develop a leak if there’s a crack or break.

    In each case, the physical damage allows groundwater to leak into the tank, causing a trickling or running sound.

    This is especially likely if surface runoff after a storm seeps into the ground.

  2. YOUR DRAINFIELD HAS WASTE BUILDUP

    Another potential cause is improper drainage in your drainfield.

    Normally, wastewater leaves the septic tank and flows through underground lines in the drainfield. Here, the surrounding permeable soil or gravel filters the remaining water.

    But if there’s too much solids or wastewater in the drain field, the soil can clog and fail to properly drain. As a result, wastewater can flow back in the tank.

  3. YOUR SEPTIC PUMP IS OFF — AND YOU HAVE AN UPHILL DRAINFIELD

    Conventional septic systems use gravity to bring wastewater from the tank to the drainfield, which is typically installed below the tank. But if your drainfield is uphill due to your property’s layout, you’ll need a pump to move everything along.

    However, when the pump is turned off, gravity comes into play. The wastewater in the drainfield can flow back in the septic tank, causing a trickling or running noise.

WHAT DOES A SEPTIC TANK NORMALLY SOUND LIKE, ANYWAY?

A healthy septic system shouldn’t make any noise.

One exception is an aerobic septic system, which uses an air pump to stir the wastewater. Air pumps make a continuous humming noise that is light yet audible.

If you have an alarm system installed in your septic tank, you might also hear a high-pitched noise when it’s time to pump the tank.

A trickling noise, on the other hand, warrants an inspection from an experienced septic provider like Paradise Valley Septic.

IS YOUR SEPTIC TANK MAKING STRANGE NOISES? CALL PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC

The sound of water running in your septic tank can be unsettling. And while it might be tempting to ignore the noise and hope it disappears, it’s best to have a professional septic company check it out.

Besides, sounds like running water and gurgling aren’t normal. These noises could indicate a problem with your drainfield, tank, or entire system — so it’s crucial to fix them at the earliest sign.

Paradise Valley Septic is ready to inspect and repair your Arizona septic system. While we’re at it, we can explain what your septic tank should (and shouldn’t) sound like. This way, you can take care of problems before they begin.

To schedule an appointment, send us a message or call us at 480-351-1725 today.

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