When planning for a gathering at your home, it is wise to include plans to prepare your septic system to make sure you don’t have any problems during your event. Russell Reid recommends following the few simple tips below to help ease the burden on your septic system during times of heavy use.

Arrange for a septic tank pumping prior to the event. Heavy volume of wastewater over a short period of time can over saturate the drain field and cause a mess in your yard or backup in to your home. Performing septic tank maintenance right before the event will create added capacity which will be able to handle more volume.

Ensure that your septic system is functioning properly before the event. You may not notice a problem during regular or modest use, but the additional volume of wastewater over a short period of time can cause an already impaired system to fail. A qualified and properly trained Russell Reid Service Technician will be able to give you an accurate overview of the condition of your septic system during septic tank service.

Make sure your drain lines are clear. If the lines are already partially clogged, they may become overloaded very quickly when faced with an above average surge of wastewater and solids. Your Russell Reid Service Technician will check the flow of water from your home to your tank to alert you to any potential problems. This is one of the items evaluated during our exclusive Russell Reid 10 Point Service Check included free with every septic tank pump out.

Make sure your guests know not to flush any improper material such as diapers or sanitary napkins down the toilet. Keep a garbage can near the toilet and post signs if needed.

Consider the use of portable facilities, such as portable toilets or portable hand sinks. Well-placed temporary restrooms and other amenities are more accessible and you will have less traffic going through your home to use the permanent facilities.

Proper maintenance and following a few common sense guidelines is all that is needed to keep a septic system functioning properly for many years to come. In the long run, the cost of a little preventive maintenance is well worth it the investment to avoid the potential for backups and septic system repairs or replacement.