You're Having A Party: 4 Ways To Protect Your Septic Tank

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The septic tank in your yard was designed to accommodate the waste created by your household. Under normal conditions your tank can go about three to five years without servicing. However, if you're going to have a party, the extra stress added to your septic may create problems, such as back-ups or clogs. Here are some precautions you can take if you plan on having a large gathering at your home.

Have Your Septic Tank Pumped

If you're planning on having your guests use your toilets, you should begin with an empty septic tank. Schedule a septic tank pumping several days before the event. This will ensure that there is enough room in the tank to contain the additional waste that your guests will create.

Limit Your Water Usage before the Event

If pumping your tank isn't an option at the moment, there are still things you can do to reduce the stress on your septic tank. Reduce the amount of water you use for about a week before your gathering. Instead of draining your washing machine water directly to the septic tank, run a grey water line out to your gardens.

Simply run a flexible drainage hose from the washer to the garden and place the washing machine drainage tube directly into the hose. By diverting water from the septic tank, you'll allow the septic system sufficient time to drain excess liquid and create additional space in the holding tank.

Rent Portable Toilets

Renting portable toilets is one of the best ways to prevent guests from overusing your septic system. Have the portable toilets delivered and set up a couple of days before the gathering. This will allow you the opportunity to ensure they're installed and functioning properly before your guests arrive. Once the gathering is over, the toilet company will come out and remove the toilets from your yard. You should also rent a portable sink, so your guests can wash their hands after they've used the facilities.

Don't Park on the Septic Tank

You've decided to provide additional parking for your guests by designating a portion of your yard to parking. To protect your septic tank, don't have your guests' park in that area of the yard. Excessive weight can damage your septic tank and cause it to collapse.

If you're having a large gathering at your home, use the information provided above to protect your septic tank from overuse or damage during the festivities. For more tips about caring for your septic tank, contact a company like The Outhouse.

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