Septic Maintenance During the Holidays

Monday, November 8, 2021
The holidays are a special time of the year, but the extra activities and guests in your home can strain your septic system and potentially lead to failure. That’s why practicing good septic maintenance is important for keeping holiday cheer instead of stressing over a septic problem.
Follow our septic system tips below to prevent an issue from interrupting your holiday festivities!

6 Septic System Tips for the Holidays

During the holidays, septic problems can emerge because more guests or activities make your system work extra hard. There are a variety of issues that can arise like drain backup, clogged garbage disposal, slow toilet flush, and more.
Here are six ways to keep your septic system healthy during the holidays to avoid septic complications:

1. Get your septic tank pumped

If your septic tank is due for pumping, schedule an appointment with a trusted and experienced company as soon as possible. Putting off pumping your tank places your system at risk for malfunction when the holidays roll around. Have confidence that your septic system can handle the influx of usage with an empty tank.

2. Avoid overloading your tank

Too much water use at one time can flood your septic tank and cause it to overload. Prevent tank overload by giving your plumbing breaks of at least ten minutes in between taking showers and flushing toilets. Doing this allows prevents a huge flow of wastewater into the tank.

3. Keep cars off the drainfield

It’s common to have guests park their cars in the yard when driveway and street parking are limited, but don’t let cars drive or park on your drainfield. Cars and heavy equipment can compress the soil, which makes the drainfield less effective for filtering wastewater.

4. Inform guests what not to flush

Whatever goes down your toilet ends up in your septic tank. Never flush items that are difficult to break down, such as paper towels, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, wipes, and dental floss. When non-flushable products end up in your tank, it causes solid waste to build up, making it easier to overload your tank.

5. Don’t pour grease down drains

Keep grease, oils, and fats from going down your drain or garbage disposal as these substances will harden in your pipes after cooling down. Properly dispose of cooking oil and grease to prevent clogs from forming.

6. Treat your garbage disposal right

A garbage disposal is a useful kitchen appliance, but it’s crucial that you treat it right to avoid a break or clog. Always run the disposal with water to push the food material through the drain. Additionally, never put hard, starchy, or greasy substances in your disposal.

Maintain Holiday Cheer with a Healthy System

The holidays should be a joyous time, but a septic problem can quickly put a halt to the festivities. Keep your septic system healthy by practicing good maintenance so your celebrations continue without disruption from drain backup, clogged pipes, slow toilet flushes, broken garbage disposal, etc.
Contact Honey-Wagon at 913-681-3563 or 816-525-5100 to schedule septic services in the Kansas City metro area!
Staff 11/8/2021