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Common Holiday Mistakes with Septic Tank Systems

Common Holiday Mistakes with Septic Tank Systems

Holidays are a time of cheer and celebration. The last thing you want when guests are over is to deal with a septic disaster. If you are among twenty percent of homeowners in the United States with a septic system installed in the yard, then you know that you have a bigger responsibility than those connected to a sewer system. Though a septic system frees you from monthly sewer bills, the responsibility of caring for and maintaining your septic system is on your shoulders. Fortunately, the professionals at Septic Connection are here to help lighten the load. In this article, we will go over some holiday mistakes that can be avoided and save you from costly, unsightly, and inconvenient repercussions.

Disposing of Leftovers

You will probably prepare a rich and hearty dinner for your guests, but what are you going to do about the leftovers and finished plates? If you are thinking of dumping them into the kitchen sink, then stop right there! Fats, oils, and greases as well as other fibrous foods can cause serious headaches. These can clog your drains and even disturb the “good” bacteria in the septic tank. Don’t put yourself in a position to have to deal with water or sewage backups due to a drain blockage. Toss those food scraps into the trash or compost bin instead.

Excessive Water Usage

There is only so much waste and wastewater that the septic tank can hold. Though the wastewater flows out into the drain field, even that area can suffer if you use exorbitant amounts of water. Using too much water can overload the septic tank and drain field, resulting in water backups or flooded yards. Consider these tips:

  • Install water efficient toilets, faucets, and appliances
  • Stagger shower times
  • Do not run the washing machine and dishwasher at the same time

Uninformed Guests

Sure, you know about the responsibility of owning a septic system, but your guests might not know about how sensitive these systems are. Let your guests know that your house is connected to a septic system and how they can help to make sure no problems arise. Remind them about the previous two sections you just read. Moreover, remind them not to throw hygiene products, diapers, paper towels, cleaning wipes, or similar items into the toilet. The only things that should be flushed are toilet paper, pee, and poo!

Forgetting to Pump the Tank

As you know, the septic tank is limited in its capacity to hold waste. Though the beneficial bacteria break down waste into sludge to save space, the septic tank will eventually fill up and need to be pumped out. The rule of thumb says to have your septic tank pumped once every two to four years. If you are not sure when your septic tank was last pumped, then it is best to have the tank pumped before your guests arrive. You do not want your holiday ruined by a septic disaster. Septic Connection is always ready to take calls for septic pumping appointments or emergency requests.