The holidays are here! This is a time of year when many people have guests stay at their home and prepare large meals. All that time in your house with friends and family can be very rewarding, but it can also be hard on your septic tank. These tips will help you take care of your septic tank this holiday season.
Spread Out Your Water Use
When you have guests in your home, your shower, sinks, laundry facilities and toilets may be used twice as much as normal. This can flood your tank with large quantities of water, causing solids from the septic tank to flow into the drainfield. Ultimately, this leads to clogs and backups.
You can prevent this from happening by limiting the amount of water that gets flushed into your drains and staggering water usage. Put off laundering towels and lightly used clothes until your house guests leave. Stagger the showers that take place in your home. Have your guests and members of your household put at least an hour in between shower times.
Direct Your Guests to Park Away from the Drainfield
You may have guests park on your lawn if you lack parking in the driveway, but keep them away from the drainfield and other pipes leading to the septic system. Parking on your septic tank can cause pressure that can lead to damage or even collapse.
Put Up Signs Reminding Guests What Not to Flush
Trying to tell guests not to flush tampons and other large items down the toilet can be awkward. You can avoid that awkwardness by putting up cute or even humorous signs stating that the only items you allow to be flushed down your toilet is human waste. If you can't find appropriate signs available commercially, try making a sign listing everything that you don't want flushed down your drain, and include some amusing items like hamsters, Christmas ornaments, leftover fruitcake and so on. The more funny your sign is, the more likely it is that your guests will pay attention to it.
Watch Carefully During Dishes Duty
You may have trained everyone in your family not to flush grease, fats and coffee grounds down the drain, but your house guests may not be aware of these rules. If your house guests insist on helping with the dishes, pay close attention to the types of waste that they send down your drain. If they're putting sticky food waste in your sink, politely offer to take over the dishes at the sink and ask them to help clear off the table.
Schedule your Cleaning
If you haven't had a septic tank cleaning in a while, schedule your next cleaning, by a company like Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning, to happen immediately after your guests leave. This way you'll be able to start the New Year with an empty septic tank and your septic tank repair person can tell you if your guests did damage to the tank that requires attention.