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There are only a few more days until Christmas and you likely have family traveling to your home to celebrate the Holidays. No matter what Holiday you celebrate, it’s important that you make the necessary preparations with regard to your septic system to prevent any incidents during the holiday season. Here’s a short list of things to remember when it comes to your septic system and holiday guests:
- Make sure they know the “do not flush” list.
Many homeowners or renters that are connected to city sewer are not aware that many items are not flushable. Make sure that your guests have a good understanding of the “do not flush” list, which includes wipes (whether labeled “flushable” or not), diapers, feminine products and certain types of toilet paper. Here is a complete list of items that you shouldn’t be flushing.
- Educate them on efficient water use and basic septic system function.
It’s important that your guests understand how your septic system works so that they don’t overload it. Frequent bathroom usage, taking showers at the same time that laundry is being done or doing dishes during any of these other activities can cause septic system overload and backups. As you know, efficient water use is critical, so if your guests know to space these activities out as much as possible, it will put much less stress on your system.
- Have your system pumped before your holiday party.
While it would be ideal to space water use to avoid backups and stress on your system, if you’re having a holiday party increased bathroom use is often unavoidable. Be prepared by having your septic system pumped before your holiday parties to avoid any issues.
Having fun during this holiday season should be your priority. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a failed or backed up septic system in the middle of their party. Help avoid any incidents by educating your guests properly, providing a short “do not flush” list and having your system pumped before your holiday party.