Planning a party involves plenty of steps to be sure your guests have a great time. You send out invitations, develop a menu or set up catering, make plans to decorate in a particular theme, and cross your fingers the weather doesn’t bring an abrupt end to the festivities. It isn’t just some rain that should cross your mind when it comes to potential party disaster. You should think about your septic system, too!
Imagine having a house and backyard full of guests and suddenly there is a septic backup or drain field failure! That doesn’t just destroy your party, but your reputation, too. You want your party to be memorable for the right reasons. Of course, you should never ignore your septic system at any point, but not taking some precautions before the party is a bad idea.
For starters, keep in mind that your septic system is going to get a workout so if it has been a while since it was pumped out, you might want to take care of that beforehand. You also want to avoid having it already in distress or overwhelmed, so avoid doing laundry or using excessive water in the days leading up to the party. Check for leaks, too!
The next issue that can happen is disaster because your guests park on your septic tank or drain field. You can avoid this problem by clearly designating parking areas and roping off where they should not park. It can help to put someone in charge of directing traffic as it arrives.
While it might seem a tough topic to approach, be sure your guests know you have a septic system and that certain items should not be flushed or put down the drain. Some homeowners post a list in the bathroom to remind guests not to flush diapers, paper towels, napkins, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, and other non-biodegradable products. Be sure to discuss fats, oils, and grease with those handling kitchen duty, including your caterer!
If you have a party coming up and want to schedule septic service, give us a call at Marion Pumper. We can also show you where the tank and drain field is located if you aren’t sure so you can rope it off on the day of your party.