Posted on: 30 November 2016
The holiday season has begun. It's time to start having company over for get-togethers. If you're going to be hosting large gatherings or having extended family staying with you during the holidays, it's time to get your septic system prepared. During the holidays, your septic system will take a lot of abuse, especially if it's being overused. Unfortunately, septic problems can lead to plumbing emergencies, such as sewage backups and stubborn clogs. Here are four steps you can take to help reduce septic problems during the holidays.
Pump the Tank
If you're going to be having large groups of people at your home during the holidays, you need to have your septic system serviced before they arrive. Removing the excess waste from the tank will help you avoid septic problems. This is particularly important if it's been a while since you had your septic system serviced. To keep your septic system running smoothly, it's a good idea to have it pumped out at least once every three to five years.
Reroute the Washer Water
If you're going to have house guests during the holiday, and you plan on doing more laundry than usual, it's a good idea to reroute the washer water—especially if your washing machine drains right into the septic tank. Use a drainage hose to reroute the water into your yard—preferably near gardens or trees. This will allow you to do increased loads of laundry without overloading your septic tank. Once your guests leave, you can route the water back to your septic tank, if you'd like.
Avoid Parking on the Septic Field
If your guests are going to be traveling in motor homes, avoid having them park on the septic field. Excess weight and vibration can cause the drain pipes to collapse. It can also lead to seepage pit failure. Once that happens, you'll have to have a new seepage pit installed in your yard. For maximum protection, have a septic-service company such as Linn Septic Service come out and mark off the location of your septic field.
Limit Garbage-Disposal Use
If you're going to be doing a lot of cooking over the holidays, try to limit your use of the garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal can leave trace amounts of food particles behind in the drain pipes. Too much food going through the garbage disposal at one time can lead to septic problems, including stubborn clogs.
With the holidays here, you want to make sure that you protect your septic system and avoid embarrassing plumbing problems. Use the tips provided here to keep your septic system flowing smoothly.Share