Most people don’t give much thought to their septic system, until it’s time for septic service. Your system just sits there, working quietly, but what happens if something goes wrong? It’s only then that most people call a septic maintenance company like Sunset Septic.
Why should you pay attention to septic system maintenance? If you, the homeowner, are consistent with proper septic maintenance, your system should only cost $100 to $300 per year to maintain, as compared to the $3,000 to $10,000 it takes to replace it. Second, and maybe even more important, is the health factor. When your system fails or operates improperly, there are health consequences for your family, your community, and the environment.
Let’s talk for a minute about the consequences to groundwater and community health. When your septic system fails, the improperly treated wastewater can reach the groundwater and from there the contaminants can move to streams, lakes, and local wells. Contaminated drinking water has been a major cause of disease, including hepatitis, dysentery, and typhoid fever.
In addition, nitrates and phosphates in lakes and rivers can cause algae growth, called algal blooms. Besides being unsightly, these blooms can cause problems for aquatic live. Nitrates are also the cause of methemoglobinemia, also known as blue baby syndrome. This condition prevents the absorption of oxygen in the blood of young infants.
Other reasons for drinking water contamination include improper disposal of chemicals through your septic system. These chemicals pollute the groundwater, and from there the contamination moves on to lakes, streams, and rivers. Homeowners have the responsibility of knowing what household chemicals they can and cannot put into their septic system.
So don’t underestimate the importance of septic maintenance. It can mean the health of your wallet, as well as your family and community. If you have any questions about septic service or septic maintenance in Arizona, don’t hesitate to call us here at Sunset Septic. We’re here to help!