The smell of hotdogs and burgers on the grill. Good music. Friends and family. Who doesn’t love a good backyard 4th of July celebration?
(Hint: Your septic system.)
The good news is that with a few precautions, you can protect your entire system before the fireworks even begin. Just follow these simple tips:
PLAN AHEAD AND HAVE YOUR TANK PUMPED
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your septic tank, planning ahead might just be the thing that keeps the party going without a hitch. Call Paradise Valley Septic and ask to have your tank pumped a day or two before the outdoor festivities so it’s empty and ready for action.
MOW AND WATER WISELY
In the summer, your lawn is where the magic happens—but it’s also where your drainfield is. Do your best to keep it well-manicured for your guests (and your septic system) by keeping the grass mowed and limiting sprinkler use to prevent overgrowth and oversaturation.
PRACTICE SMART PARKING
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Don’t park cars on your drainfield. Not only can the weight of heavy vehicles compact the soil below (which could prevent your drainfield from working properly) but it may lead to costly repairs if a cave-in occurs or septic lines break.
If you’re planning on having a lot of guests arriving by car, consider roping off the area above your septic system, posting signs, or asking friends and family ahead of time to park in a designated area.
BE KIND TO YOUR TOILETS
Guests who aren’t familiar with septic systems may not understand the need for the extra safety measures. To avoid backups and potential clogging, you may need to remind them what should be flushed (only toilet paper and wastewater) and what should not be flushed:
- Paper towels
- Personal cleansing wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Essentially anything other than toilet paper
Feeling creative? Hanging a fun sign in your bathroom as a reminder about flushing dos and don’ts can go a long way toward helping your septic system survive the summer holiday.
GO EASY ON YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL
We’ve said before that garbage disposals and septic systems don’t play well together. This is especially true during barbeque season, when food preparation and cleanup keeps it working overtime.
The problem comes when those hard-to-break-down food items make their way into your septic system and cause the sludge layer at the top to accumulate. If the beneficial bacteria in your septic system can’t keep up, it may impact the overall efficiency of your system and cause bigger headaches down the line.
WE’D LOVE AN INVITE (BUT ONLY FOR THE RIGHT REASONS)
At Paradise Valley Septic, we love a good 4th of July celebration. But we’d hate to crash the party because something went wrong with your septic system.
Check out our blog for more seasonal tips and general maintenance information, and don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions.