The holiday season is upon us once again — along with fond memories of the food, the fun, the family and friends…the septic system backups.
Perhaps you’ve had a couple mishaps the last time 23 people came to dinner, or maybe it was when eight family members stayed at your house for a week with their two dogs.
Hopefully, your holiday memories don’t include septic system failures and backups, but if they do, you don’t have to make those memories again this year. Here are a few recommendations, tips, and ideas for you and your family to prepare for this holiday season without incident – at least one involving your septic system.
Pump and prepare ahead of time.
You know that you should have your septic system pumped every three to five years for optimum efficiency and to avoid backups and failures. Even if it hasn’t been three years (but you’re expecting a house full of guests) it’s a good idea to have your system pumped before the festivities begin so you can be assured your tank will handle all the extra flushing and water usage.
It’s also a good idea to prepare food ahead of time if possible. Preparing foods that you can freeze or keep fresh a few days before the festivities will help prevent over-usage of water and kitchen drains. It also lets you, the host, enjoy the time with family and friends because you’ll have less to do once guests arrive.
Remind your guests what not to flush.
It may seem obvious to you and your family because you live at your home, but remember that not everyone know the Dos and Don’ts of a septic system. A few simple reminders for your guests will help everyone avoid a septic system mishap, or worse – an embarrassing situation.
Be sure to tell guests to avoid flushing the following items:
- Feminine hygiene products
- Paper towels
- Personal cleansing wipes
- Anything other than the toilet paper you provide
Remind guests what not to put down the sink drains.
- No oils, fats, or grease
- No coffee grounds
- No solid food waste
- No bleach or other chemicals
Shower. Wait. Repeat.
You may not need to go so far as to establishing a shower schedule for family and guests, but it is a good idea to stagger the times people take them. If possible, avoid showering in multiple bathrooms at the same time. This can overload your septic system and slow the draining process.
The same thing applies to running the washing machine and dishwasher. If you can, distribute loads over a few days rather than running them back to back.
When it comes to the holiday season and septic systems, being prepared can make a big difference. Call Paradise Septic today to schedule your septic system maintenance before the holiday rush. And, should a situation occur, know you can count on us with our 50 years of experience serving the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas – during the holidays and every day.