Being from Oklahoma, we know many of you likely have a lake house vacation home in the area. A place where you go to spend the summers or weekends, a place to relax. Some of our team members own lake homes, too, so we’re all about that laid-back lake lifestyle. But, how should you be handling the septic system at this kind of home? Does it differ because the house and the septic system are used less frequently? We’ll answer these questions and share some great septic care tips with you today!
As septic providers, we’ve noticed that the septic systems are often overused with lake houses. This may come as a shock because these homes are typically not inhabited as frequently as a typical house. But the reality is that when the lake house is being used, it’s being used pretty hard. Typically over short periods, like weekend getaways or with large amounts of people – did someone say family vacation? These periods of heavy use result in a lot of wear and tear to a septic system. This kind of overuse can lead to septic failure and aging much quicker than a normal system.
Another thing we’ve noticed in our time working on lake house septic systems is that people tend to forget about them. Where in a typical home, you may be reminded that your septic needs maintenance; it’s typically overlooked in a vacation home. This makes sense considering you spend less time at this location and when you are there, it’s to relax and have fun. However, this property still needs maintenance and care, so it’s important not to forget the systems here.
How can you better care for a septic system at a vacation home?
Regular maintenance is the most important thing you can do to take better care of your vacation home septic system. That means pumping the tank out as frequently as a professional recommends. It also means scheduling regular maintenance just as you should for your normal at-home system. Regular preventative maintenance like this can help you to avoid unnecessary costs or damage later.
Another great preventative measure is to be mindful of how you use the system when you are at the property. This means trying to eliminate the amount you use the various plumbing facilities in the home. Flush less, shower for a shorter time, and don’t go too crazy on running the dishwasher/washing machine. Being conscientious with your use will help spare your septic from overworking.
Septic systems are a vital part of your home. They’re also an important part of the environment and how we can better care for our earth. This is especially true for septic systems like those on lakes because they help to remove waste properly. Without them, there’s the risk of polluting the beautiful environment that so many love to enjoy. We encourage you all to do your best to maintain your vacation home’s septic system so that everyone around you can continue to enjoy their vacations too.
Consider joining one of our maintenance plans for those who would like assistance in remembering to schedule septic maintenance. With several plans to fit your needs, this may be a great way to get on a regular schedule for your vacation home, ensuring that it remains in working order all year round. To see more about these maintenance plans, visit JT Septic Maintenance Plans. You can also schedule an appointment with our septic experts by calling (918) 406-5620.