The days are cold and dark and the sunshine has retreated for the next several months. This is the time of year when families opt for spending time indoors together hosting brunch and dinner parties with friends, family, and out of town guests.
Long gone are the days of backyard barbeques. All food preparation and clean-up in now concentrated in the kitchen. If you are going to be cooking for guests over these cold weather months, make sure that your septic system is well cared for and up to the task.
Your septic system is built to last for as long as you own your home, and then some. But, if it is not properly cared for, the system will fail and cause serious problems for you and your guests.
Follow these tips for preventative care of your septic system before your guests arrive:
- Schedule a routine inspection of your septic system before the ground freezes. This is a good thing to do one time per year, so if you haven’t already had it done this year now is the time to do it. A routine inspection of your septic system will reveal any small problems that could escalate with the extra use of cold weather indoor activities.
- No one wants to have a conversation with their overnight guests about their septic system and the care that it requires. But, you could place a crafty sign on the bathroom counter reminding everyone not to flush paper products that are non-flushable. Make sure to purchase only septic friendly toilet paper products, and provide your guests with a wastebasket to throw away make-up towlettes, q-tips, cotton balls, and other paper products.
- If your septic tank is due to be pumped, now is the time to have it done. Putting if off until after your guests leave could result in a malfunction in the system if it is due. Most septic tanks only need to be pumped once every one to three years. But, if your system is due to be pumped, it is better to have it done before these heavy use months. Not only for bathroom waste but, for kitchen preparation and clean-up.
Having a septic emergency at any time of the year is a terrible inconvenience. But, a septic emergency during the cold winter months when you have a house full of guests is quite possibly the worst time of all. Make sure to follow these tips for caring for your septic system before your guests arrive.