Importance of Septic Maintenance Before the Holidays

November 11

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it’s a perfect time to prepare your septic for the influx of usage your septic system will endure. During the holidays, your septic system may have unique needs specific to this time of the year compared to all other times. 

Frequent guests or guests staying for long periods of time mean an increased use of toilets, showers, and other water sources. Preparing multiple large holiday meals will increase the use of your dishwasher and garbage disposal. Not to mention the possibility of septic failure if you haven’t had a septic pup-out in a while. These activities can lead to extra stress on your Central Florida septic system.

Here’s are a few tips on how to keep your septic system healthy during the holiday season in Florida:

1. Prepare Food Early

When preparing large meals ahead of time, not only does it relieve you of a bit of stress, but it can also relieve your septic system a bit of stress as well. We tend to use less water when cooking in a relax mood. You’ll be able to wash your dishes ahead of time and not create as much wastewater.  

2. Run Dishwasher when Full

This should be a rule of thumb year-round, however, only run the dishwasher when full to minimize wastewater. You can easily avoid overloading your septic system by making one large load, wash multiple items at once, and use disposable/recyclable dishes.  

3. Avoid Consecutive Laundry Loads

If family and friends are in town for a long period of time, designate a laundry day to prevent unnecessary water usage. You should do laundry over a period of multiple days. Depending on your washer and dryer, you could even combine loads to minimize the number of loads. 

4. Stagger Showers

High water usage at one time can easily overload your septic system. Consider implementing a time limit per shower or even staggering shower times throughout the day if feasible. 

5. Remind Guests and Children of What Can be Flushed

A friendly reminder will go a long way in preventing un-flushable items from being flushed. Remember: feminine items, wet wipes, cooking grease, diapers, floss, cotton balls, pills, cigarettes, and other non-biodegradable items should not be flushed. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. 

6. Get Your Septic Tank Pumped

If you’re expecting company this holiday, then do yourself a favor and have your septic system pumped. Especially if it’s been a while, you may want to have your system checked now and avoid the hassle of an emergency when you have company at your home. Book your next Orlando Septic pumpout here or call Total septic at (407) 841-0400

We are open 24/7 even on holidays and will help in any septic emergency, but it’s always better to prevent the problem before it arises. 

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