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Maintaining a Septic System Over the Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, it is important for homeowners with septic systems to consider the potential damage that could occur if the system gets backed up due to the increased usage and system overload that comes with welcoming guests into your home for a party or extended stay. Luckily, there are some easy to follow, preventative steps that will allow you to hold holiday celebrations with family and friends without fear of a septic emergency:

1. Winter Maintenance and Regular Septic Tank Pumping

Christmas PartyIf you notice anything not working properly with your septic system, or if it seems sluggish, call your service provider for a maintenance visit to rule out any major issues before the ground freezes. A septic system backup during the winter months could be extra expensive due to the digging through frozen ground that would occur if underground repairs are needed.

Additionally, a great way to maintain your septic system and keep it running efficiently through the holidays and cold months is to have your system pumped regularly. The easiest way to do this is to set a schedule with your service provider that includes pumping just prior to the holiday season.

2. Minimize Water Usage and Educate Guests

Prior to your party or the arrival of overnight guests, do your best to accomplish tasks such as dish washing, laundry, bathing, and food prep. This will help to cut back on the amount of water being used during the party or throughout your guests’ stay. Another water-saving trick is to use holiday-themed paper or plastic tableware. Rather than having to rinse or wash dishes and silverware when the gathering ends, you and your guests can simply throw them away and avoid a septic system overload.

Not only should you plan to reduce water usage, but it is necessary to talk with your guests about how your septic system works and how to limit water usage themselves. Be sure that they understand the potential repercussions of using water for things like showering and laundry or dishes simultaneously. Although it might be awkward, you must inform your guests about what they can and cannot flush down the toilet. Make sure they know that diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products and the like are off limits when it comes to flushing. If you’re uncomfortable talking about this with guests, consider leaving a sign near the toilet to remind bathroom visitors that your system can’t handle certain products.

3. Eliminate Garbage Disposal Use

If at all feasible, make it impossible for guests to use the garbage disposal during a holiday gathering. All the extra waste from guests’ plates running into your septic system could completely ruin a perfect holiday celebration. Instead, make sure that anyone who is helping with prep work or clean up knows where your garbage and composting cans are located so that they can dispose of scraps and waste appropriately.

Don’t neglect your septic system this holiday season. Be confident that it is running efficiently and is in top-notch condition by scheduling a pre-holiday pumping with Affordable Sanitation. Call us today at 1-800-371-3255.

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