The Holiday Season is Coming…is Your Septic System Ready?

We’re getting closer and closer to the time of year where we spend lots of time with family and friends celebrating. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all around the corner and that means you’ll probably be hosting a few more people than normal. You’ll also probably be eating a lot more delicious food. We love the holiday season just as much as you, but we also know that it can take a toll on your septic system. That’s why we want to highlight a few reasons that Miller’s recommends getting your septic system pumped out before the holiday season is in full swing. Plus some things you can do to prep your septic for the extra work. 

Why you should get your septic system pumped

You can do a lot of things to help prepare your septic system for the holiday season but nothing will work better than getting your system pumped out. During the holiday season, there will likely be an increase in water flowing through your system. This is because you’ll be doing more cooking and also probably having more people use the restroom than normal. This large influx of water can be problematic for your septic and is pretty much impossible to avoid with so much more activity. This proactive approach will help ensure that your septic doesn’t overflow when you need it most. 

Tips to help care for your septic during the holiday season 

While we highly recommend getting your septic pumped out there are some other things that you can do to help ensure that your system works properly. Check out the tips below! 

  • Make sure your visitors know that not everything can be flushed down the toilet. This is especially important if you’ll have a lot of younger kids running around your home. The toilet is for waste and toilet paper only — make sure your guests know that too! 
  • Get your septic and plumbing inspected before the holiday season. Being proactive is always the best course of action. Making sure that everything is running smoothly will ensure that it stays that way even when the guests arrive. 
  • Watch what goes down the garbage disposal. Just like with toilets the garbage disposal isn’t meant to be a garbage can. You shouldn’t put down bones, grease, or any other large food items. 
  • Be mindful of how much water you’re using in the kitchen and bathrooms. Try not to take too many long hot showers or leave the water running in the kitchen. Not only does this waste water but it causes your septic to work overtime processing it. 

The holiday season is a great time of year and it’s a time that you should spend enjoying all of your friends and family. You shouldn’t have to worry about your septic running during the holidays. Remember, being proactive is the best plan when it comes to being prepared. Miller’s has septic experts on staff that are here to help get your home holiday-ready. Give us a call to schedule your septic pump out today (804) 758-4314!

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