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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

4 Summer Entertaining Tips If Your Home Has A Septic System

by Cathy Lewis

The summer is a popular time to entertain family and friends and have overnight guests. But when your house has a septic system, you may get nervous about problems when the amount of waste is increased dramatically. Luckily, you do not have to refrain from having guests over to your home just because you have a septic system. Use the following tips to prevent septic system problems when entertaining or hosting a group of people:

Schedule a Septic System Inspection

One of the best things you can do before a summer party or hosting a group of overnight guests is to schedule a comprehensive septic system inspection. During an inspection, a sanitation technician will be able to closely inspect all the components of your septic system, such as the tank and drain field, to ensure everything is in good working condition. The waste levels in your septic tank will also be checked-- if you are told that the levels are getting high, make sure you schedule a septic tank pumping service prior to entertaining to ensure that the tank does not overflow.

Tactfully Inform Guests About Septic System Care

Septic systems are not common topics of conversation at a party or when speaking with overnight guests, but it is a good idea to find a way to let guests know not to flush things down the toilet. To keep your septic system safe, only waste and septic safe toilet paper should be flushed. You may want to leave a small printed card in your bathroom requesting that guests do not flush items such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or baby wipes down the toilet, as this can cause damage to the septic system.

Keep Cars Away from Your Septic System

If you're expecting a lot of guests, your driveway may not be able to accommodate all of their vehicles. Prior to the party, consider placing parking cones on your property to prevent people from parking near the tank, drain field, or pipes of your septic system. When cars park on or near these things, the soil can become very compressed and may damage the components of your septic system and cause major problems.

Consider Alternate Bathroom Arrangements

Many people choose to entertain outdoors during the summer, so if your party is outside you may want to consider renting a portable bathroom trailer. These trailers provide full bathroom facilities, typically with running water and electricity. This can take the stress off of your septic system while also preventing a long line of people waiting to use the restroom. 

For more tips about caring for septic systems, talk with your local contractor.