3 Tips to Avoid Damaging Your Septic System During a Party

Posted on: 24 August 2016

When planning for an upcoming party, you have probably thought about seemingly everything, from food to decorations. One thing that you probably haven't put much—if any—thought into is your septic system, but you should know that hosting a big event at your home can actually have an effect on your septic system. To avoid expensive and messy problems on the day of your big party, follow these three tips.

1. Prevent Parking and Driving Over Your Septic Tank

You might be thinking about opening up part of your property for parking for your event, which makes sense if you want to ensure that everyone has a place to park. However, if people drive over or park on top of your septic tank, the added weight can cause problems. Instead, consider marking off the area with cones or decorations to prevent people from driving over your septic tank.

2. Be Careful with Your Garbage Disposal

Certain things should never be flushed down your garbage disposal. Even though smaller quantities of no-no items like coffee grounds and pasta might not seem like a big deal, the quantity can be much larger if you are preparing food for a crowd. To avoid putting too much pressure on your septic system and your garbage disposal, consider tossing all food scraps out in the garbage rather than putting them down your garbage disposal.

3. Make Sure There Are Ample Restroom Facilities

For a smaller event, it probably isn't a big deal to simply open up the bathrooms in your home for your guests. If you are having a lot of guests, however, it can be smart to rent a few portable toilets rather than have everyone use the toilets inside your home. The heavy use that can go along with a large crowd can be more than your septic system can handle and can lead to back-ups and other issues. As an added bonus, your guests won't have to worry about waiting as long to use the restroom if you bring in more facilities.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to avoid damaging your septic system during your big party. If you follow these three tips, you should be able to focus on other aspects of party planning rather than worrying about a potential back-up, overflow, or other issue with your septic tank or the rest of the septic system.

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