3 Tips To Prevent A Septic System Overflow When You Have Guests At Your House

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.

About Me

new to owning a home with a septic system

When my husband approached me with the idea of moving out of the city, I was pretty excited. He told me that he had found the perfect house that was out in the country, so we went to check it out. A few months later, we closed on the house and began moving in. Since we were so used to city water and sewage, we had no idea why the yard would have become a swampy mess and smelled like raw sewage. After talking with the neighbor, we found out that there had been septic issues in the past and that we had to call a service. If you share a lack of knowledge about septic systems, our blog can help you learn what we learned the hard way.



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