Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means most households will experience visitors at some point between now and the New Year. The specialists at Great Bear Septic Service in Mahopac, New York, warn homeowners with septic tanks to be mindful of their tanks’ usage during the holidays. The last thing families want to deal with is a septic tank problem when they have a house full of guests.

Here are four ways to keep your septic tank functioning properly this holiday season:

  • Talk To Your Guests: You probably understand the do's and don’ts of septic tank usage, but chances are, not all of your guests do. Explain that they should only flush toilet paper. Post a note in your bathroom that items such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products, and cigarettes should be thrown in the trashcan.
  • Reduce Water-Usage: Stagger your showers to reduce the water entering your septic system. Also, plan laundry and dishwashing so that it doesn’t put extra strain on your septic tank.
  • Avoid Garbage Disposal Use: Block the switch to your garbage disposal system during the holidays. This will keep extra waste from causing a blockage.
  • Get Your Tank Pumped Regularly: The best way to guarantee that your septic tank is ready to handle extra use is to keep it regularly maintained throughout the year.

With more than 30 years of experience providing septic solutions to residents in Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester counties in New York, Great Bear Septic Service offers a variety of septic tank care, including regular septic pumping and inspection, grease trap cleaning, sewer cleaning, and clogged drain repairs.

Have an emergency? Don't worry. Simply call Great Bear Septic Service at (845) 621-0250. One of their technicians can usually resolve your problem within the hour. You can also learn more about septic tank care, the company, and their services online.