Your onsite wastewater system represents a significant part of the investment in your property. Although it is the least expensive utility, replacing one of the components of your system can add up.
The most common type of system consists of a conventional septic tank that separates the solids from the effluent and then releases the effluent by gravity to the disposal for final treatment. Also, there are advanced technology treatment systems (alternate), which are used when soil conditions do not allow for the use of a conventional septic system. All standard septic systems and most alternative systems must be cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning frequency depends on tank size and usage. Refer to your manufacturer’s manual on an alternate system for the recommended cleaning and service schedule.
In Yavapai County, septic tanks installed in 2001 and after are required to be installed with an effluent filter on the outlet. If there is a filter installed in your system, cleaning is recommended on a regular basis, every 6-12 months, depending on usage.
When you have an onsite wastewater treatment system, there are items you do not want to flush, including but not limited to: coffee grounds, dental floss, sanitary napkins/feminine hygiene products, fats or oil. Also, never flush chemicals or medication.
A few warning signs of a malfunctioning system: slow draining/gurgling toilets and/or household drains, sewage backing up into house, sewage odors — inside or outside, sewage over or near the disposal, lush/green growth over the disposal and/or damp or wet soil over or near the disposal. A service professional will be able to help you diagnose your system and recommend a method to get your system back to normal.
JT’s Septic can provide more information about septic systems to residents at HOA meetings, real estate offices and anyone else who is interested or has questions.
To request your property record file including copies of your system’s permitting documents and plot plan, go to jtseptic.com for instructions on how to access the Yavapai County Environmental Department Portal. Also visit our website for FAQ’s or stop by JT’s Septic booth at the 2018 YCCA Home & Garden Show May 18-20 to see our life-size septic tank model.