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Tips to Avoid Septic System Issues During the Holiday Season

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The holidays should be a time of celebration, enjoyment and relaxation with family and friends. Holiday parties hosted at your home and housing out of town relatives can create havoc on your septic system. Your septic system’s drain field may not be able to handle the increased usage. No one ever wants to hear the dreaded words, “the toilet is backing up”!

Here are a few tips to help you survive the holidays without incident:

Stagger the use of showers and baths

By staggering showers and baths, you reduce the amount of water entering your septic system. You can accomplish this by asking some guests to shower in the morning and others in the evening or requesting they take shorter showers.
Avoid washing consecutive loads of laundry
Try to avoid washing large amounts of laundry while you have guests or the day of a party. Plan to do your loads of laundry over a period of several days and try to only run full loads.

Be Careful what you flush down the Toilet

This subject may require a little finesse when broaching it with you guests. Make a request to your guests to avoid putting anything down the drains that should not be flushed such as feminine products or excessive toilet paper usage. This is a simple way to prevent unwanted items from entering your tank and will help prevent a pipe blockage or septic backup.

Schedule a pre-holiday septic pumping

If you are worried about the possibility of a septic incident, pumping your septic tank prior to your guests’ arrival can give the drain field a resting period while the tank refills. It is best to book the septic pumping appointment in advance if possible. Although this does not guarantee you will not experience a septic issue, it certainly reduces the chances.

Schedule Your Septic Pumping Today

The holidays are quickly approaching. Why not schedule a septic system pumping with Tri-County Pump Service and reduce your chances of a septic issue. Call us today at 301-432-0330 or complete our online contact form to book your appointment.