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3 Tips For Holding A Large Summer Cookout When Your Home Has A Septic System

by Genesis Allen

During the warm summer months, inviting friends and family over for a backyard cookout is a great way to enjoy time together and make memories. But when you live in a home with a septic system, you may become nervous about how having a large gathering will effect the system due to the increase of waste and water being flushed down the toilet. If you're planning a large gathering this summer and your home has a septic system, use the following tips:

Have Your Septic System Inspected in Advance

When you know that you will be welcoming many people onto your property for a summer cookout, it is in your best interest to have your septic system inspected in advance. An experienced septic tank service technician, like one from Mr Bob, will be able to inspect all of the components of your septic system and ensure that they are in good working order. During an inspection, your septic tank levels will also be looked at. If the waste levels are getting high, it is a good idea to arrange to have your septic tank pumped before you hold a large gathering for friends and family.

Let People Know You Have a Septic System

During a social event you probably don't want to talk about waste management, but it is a good idea to let guests know about your septic system in an inconspicuous way. Consider placing small cards on the counters in your bathrooms saying that your home has a septic system and asking people to refrain from flushing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Other items, such as baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products can cause a lot of problems within a septic system, especially if you have a large number of people using your bathrooms during a social event.

Consider Renting Portable Restrooms

If your home has a septic tank and you're expecting dozens of guests for a summer cookout, it may be a good idea to look into renting portable restrooms to be used during your event. In this day and age, there are many companies that rent portable restrooms that are clean, regularly sanitized, and include a water tank so running water is available. Renting portable restrooms can help ensure that you don't have to worry about your septic system acting up or getting clogged during your gathering, while also making sure that quests will have easy access to a restroom.