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Are septic tanks common in Arizona?
The septic tank is the central part of a septic system
. Septic tanks vary in size and composition, but they can usually hold about 1,000 gallons of both liquids and solids and are made of concrete or steel. In North America, approximately 25% of the population relies on septic tanks; this can include the suburbs and small towns, as well as rural areas.
If you live in an area that doesn't offer access to a city or community sewage system, a private septic tank is the most common option.
What is a septic tank?
A septic tank is an “underground sedimentation” tank in which sewage is retained for a short period while it is decomposed and purified by bacterial action. The biological matter in the sewage settles to the bottom of the tank, where a film forms that eliminates oxygen, and anaerobic bacteria attack the solid matter, causing it to liquefy, disintegrate, and give off gases. The septic gases are then discharged from a vent, and the liquids overflow through an outlet into a disposal field, where they can drain into the soil. It is here where aerobic bacteria begin to purify the wastewater.
Do Arizona septic tanks require pumping and/or maintenance?
Most septic tanks use gravity and do not require a pump
to operate. However, it is necessary to perform regular preventative maintenance such as pumping out the solid material to prevent a backup. Bio-Clean
, a powder-based biochemical can also be used to clean the tank. Rainforest Plumbing is an authorized seller of Bio-Clean.
Here are some other helpful tips that may help you keep your Arizona home’s septic tank in working order for longer:
- Refrain from dumping cooking oils and grease into lines that feed into the septic tank. Oils and grease are difficult to break down, and may cause problems with odor and the septic pumping process.
- Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items such as cigarette butts, cotton balls, and other sanitary items. They will rapidly fill and clog the septic tank.
- Try not to use your garbage disposal to dispose of large quantities of waste food. This can slow the rate of breakdown within your septic system and cause premature filling.
- Do not flush overly caustic chemicals, or products with high concentrations of bleach or lye. They may damage drain pipes and/or the inner workings of a septic tank.
Rainforest Plumbing & Air technicians are trained to handle problems
associated with your septic tank or septic system in general.
Give us a call today to schedule service.