Having Guests In For The Holidays? How To Avoid Issues With Your Septic System

The holidays are in full swing. If you're like most people, you're busy preparing for the holiday get-togethers. While you're busy planning your menu and activities, and readying your home for the festivities, don't forget about your septic system. If not properly prepared, your septic system can give you quite a few problems during the holidays. Here are just four of the steps you can take to prevent septic troubles this holiday season.

Service Your Septic

If it's been more than a few years since you had a septic service, or you're expecting unusually large crowds of holiday guests at your home, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. When you're expecting a large number of house guests, a septic tank that's even half-full can fill up quickly. If your septic system is already filled, the additional guests can cause your tank to overflow. If that happens, your guests may be greeted with raw sewage in your bathtubs, bathroom floors, or backyard. The best way to avoid that is to service your septic before your guests arrive.

Avoid Back-to-Back Showers

If you're going to have a large number of house guests during the holidays, take steps to avoid the back-to-back showers. Your house guests may all want to take turns showering in the morning, but that's not necessarily a good idea when you have a septic system. The back-to-back showers could cause water to back up into your home, especially if your septic system can't process the flow quickly enough. To avoid drainage problems, have your guests stagger their showers throughout the day. 

Don't Do All Your Laundry At Once

If your house guests will be doing their laundry while they're staying with you during the holidays, try doing a couple of loads each day. That way, the laundry doesn't pile up to a degree that will be hazardous for your septic system. Your system may be able to handle your laundry without complications, but that might not be the case once you add all the dirty laundry that your guests will generate. The best way to protect your septic from holiday laundry problems is to do small loads throughout the week. 

Consider Renting a Portable Toilet Trailer

Finally, if you're going to have a lot of house guests during the holidays, consider renting a portable toilet trailer. Portable toilet trailers aren't like your typical worksite porta-potty. Instead, they're luxurious facilities that will provide your holiday guests with all the amenities they need, including running water and vanity mirrors. Best of all, you'll protect your septic system from excess waste during the holidays.