Whether you're having a sports-viewing party, a wedding or anniversary celebration, a family reunion, or another large gathering, you may be anxious about your aging septic tank's ability to handle an onslaught of partiers. Fortunately, with a bit of planning and preparation, you should be able to ensure a party free from plumbing snafus. Read on to learn more about taking care of your septic system when you're expecting a large number of guests. 

Pump it (if you haven't already)

Many homeowners with septic tanks fail to have these tanks pumped or cleaned until problems have already begun to develop. This can place significant wear and tear on the tank, and often, by the time raw sewage has begun to seep from the tank and bubble up in your yard, the only viable option may be replacement.

Having your tank pumped a week or two prior to your party will ensure that it's ready to tackle just about anything you and your guests can throw at it (although you'll still want to avoid too much abuse). 

Place attractive and easy-to-access wastebaskets near each toilet

Those with sewer access in lieu of a septic tank may think nothing of flushing large wads of toilet tissue, sanitary items, or other paper-based products; however, putting these items into your septic system can disturb the natural ecosystem within its walls and damage your plumbing in the process.

By purchasing a couple of attractive wastebaskets and placing them near your toilets, you'll subtly encourage your guests to utilize these wastebaskets instead of the toilet for their paper products. (Those whose guests don't generally respond to subtle hints may instead want to consider printing a few small signs reminding them to avoid flushing any paper waste.)

Don't forget your sink

Although toilets can be one of the main culprits when it comes to septic tank issues, kitchen sinks—particularly those with garbage disposals—can also become a problem. If you're planning to do a lot of prep work before your party, it can be worthwhile to drag out a compost bin or trash can in which to place your discarded food scraps (particularly oily or greasy food) rather than using the garbage disposal. This can avoid placing extra strain on your plumbing just before your guests arrive and will also minimize the amount of pipe-clogging grease that eventually makes its way into your septic tank. 

For more tips on how to care for your septic system, contact a company like Zeb Watts Septic & Underground, Inc.