If your home is not connected to a municipal or city sewer system, you most likely have a septic system to deal with waste water and other types of waste. In most cases a septic system works without any problems, but when there is an increase in waste or water entering the system, issues can arise. Whether your hosting extra overnight guests for the holidays, or throwing a party that many people will be attending, use the following tips to prevent a disgusting septic system overflow:
Get Your Septic Tank Pumped
When you have several people staying overnight at your house, or dozens of people attending a party, a lot of extra waste and water will enter your septic system as people shower, wash hands, and flush toilets. This dramatic rise in waste water being produced during a very short period of time increases the risk of the septic mound or drainfield flooding, which can lead to a nasty septic tank back up.
One way to prevent this problem is by having your septic tank pumped by a professionals like Elliott's Septic Service, just before your house guests arrive, or in the days before your party. An empty septic tank will be better equipped to handle the large increase in waste and waste water, and you will be able to enjoy your time with family and friends without having to worry about septic system problems.
Let Guests Know What Shouldn't Be Flushed Down the Toilet
People visiting your house may not have a septic system in their own home, so they may not be familiar with which items should not be flushed down the toilet. A good rule of thumb is nothing should be flushed down the toilet in a house with a septic system beside toilet water, waste, and toilet paper (preferably a brand designed to be septic safe).
Items such as baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products can block pipes and lead to a septic overflow if they are flushed down the toilet. Consider placing small, discreet signs in the bathrooms of your home to let guests know you have a septic system and to not flush anything but toilet paper.
Consider Renting Additional Portable Toilets
If you're having an outdoor party with dozens of guests, consider renting a few portable toilets to help take the strain off of your septic system. Many companies now offer more upscale portable toilet options, which would be suitable for a nice party.