How to prevent your waste management causing a stink this Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year it may be, but anyone who has hosted a family Christmas knows it can be one of the most stressful time of the year too: presents to buy, trees to put up, turkeys to stuff and stockings to fill. All manner of mishaps can occur, and that’s just inside the house. It’s easy to forget that things can go wrong outside the house, too.

The last thing you want over the festive period is a waste management meltdown, especially with a house full of guests.

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There’s no more unwanted a present than a flood of sewage at your front door on Christmas Day, believe us. So follow our Christmas survival guide to ensure there are no unwanted sewage situations.

Hark! The water table’s rising.

You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but it is much more likely it will be a wet one. This can spell disaster for those who use a septic tank, especially if the water table rises above the tank outlet.

If full, any excess waste should run out of the outlet through a soakaway and into the ground. However, if the water table is higher than the outlet it works in reverse. The groundwater goes into the soakaway and, if your tank is filling up quicker than it can be emptied, it’s only a matter of time before you will have a flood of waste. And a bad Christmas.

This is a problem commonly seen by Mayglothling and in the past we have had to think on our feet to contain the situation. One solution is creating a temporary cesspool, but this is very much the last resort. It is much easier to prevent by making sure the tank gets emptied before getting to this point.

A lost tank is snow joke.

It is normal for septic tanks to be located in out-of-the-way places, after all, they aren’t the most attractive objects (although some would disagree). But one thing we can’t stress enough is: know EXACTLY where it is.


Snow joke: It can be tricky to find your septic tank in winter after heavy snowfall…

Buried septic tanks, where only the lid is visible, are becoming more and more common. This is great, but if there’s been a bit of snow, it is easy for the lid to be completely buried. We all love fun family games over the festive period, but Find the Tank in the blistering cold is no-one’s favourite. Avoid this by putting a marker by the tank lid, or as it’s Christmas, why not use a Christmas tree?

In the bleak midwinter, watch out for frozen pipes.

The temperature dropping below zero can spell all kinds of trouble. If you have surface mounted pumps, make sure the heaters are working as frozen pipes are liable to crack.

Similarly, the drainage, and indeed the whole septic tank, can freeze up. Mayglothling have encountered a client whose tanker stopped working for only 24-hours. When we arrived to empty it, the waste had completely frozen meaning that it needed to be repeatedly defrosted to empty the tank. This is no one’s idea of fun.

If everyone is driving home for Christmas, be prepared.

The best way to avoid any of these nightmares before Christmas is to think ahead. If you’re expecting a busy Christmas or you can see that we are in for some nasty weather, get your septic tank sorted early.

Heavy waste tankers and waterlogged fields do not make a great combo. Make sure you get the tank emptied before your field becomes a bog.


Driving home for Christmas: The last thing you want with a house full of guests is a burst tank…

If you are going to be having all the family over to stay or you’re putting on a huge Christmas party, then this, to put it delicately, is going to put a strain on things. The last thing you want is a burst tank and an unwanted guest creeping towards the back door. By getting your system emptied, you can relax, let your hair down and enjoy the celebrations.

God rest ye merry gentlemen, we’re here to help.

There are a thousand and one things to do in the run up to Christmas: let us make your life that little bit easier by ensuring your waste management system is ready for anything.


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