Tis the season for making merry, for inviting friends and family into our homes to celebrate the season with festive gatherings and bountiful feasts. Often the holidays are also a time when we open up our homes to host out-of-town guests, and the last thing you want to be dealing with during this joyous time is the headache of a septic system meltdown. By following just a few precautions, you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy a jolly holiday season, free of the stress of an overburdened septic system.
Inform Guests of Septic System No-No’s
Unless they have a septic system of their own, your guests are likely unaware of the many items that should not be flushed down the toilet. Be sure to remind your guests not to flush things that won’t easily decompose, such as paper towels, “flushable” wipes (which are not actually flushable), and feminine products. Worried about handling such a sensitive subject with out-of-town guests? You can create “Naughty” and “Nice” lists to post in your bathrooms cautioning your guests to be careful about what they flush. And in the kitchen, remind your guests to dispose of greases, coffee grounds, and food solids in the garbage, not down the drain.
Practice “Smart” Water Conservation
The holidays often bring with them an upsurge in cooking and cleaning, which leads to extra water usage that can often overload your septic system and lead to backups and, worse, drain field failure. Advise yours guests to avoid overlapping major water usage tasks, like doing laundry, taking showers, and running the dishwasher, separating them as much as possible to allow your system to work through the greywater each of these activities puts through the tank. Additionally, as you think ahead in preparation for your holiday celebrations, plan to do your family’s laundry at least 24 hours prior to or after the main event. Limit the amount of water that will be used to clean up after your party by using disposable, recyclable plates and utensils, and prepare as much of your food ahead of time as you can.
Have Your Septic System Pumped
One surefire way to make sure your septic system is primed and ready to handle the added burden of houseguests is to have it pumped and serviced before the holiday celebrations begin. “Smart” water usage will go a long way in helping prevent a septic system backup or overflow, but the unavoidable reality is holiday gatherings and out-of-town visitors will increase bathroom usage.
So check your list twice and contact us today to get your septic system ready for the holidays