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3 Septic Tank Safety Tips For Your Next Bonfire Party

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Do you live in a rural area and sometimes host big bonfire parties with lots of guests and plenty of food? If so, it’s time to start thinking about your septic tank. Septic systems can take a beating during any event in which several guests are invited. And when you add fire to the equation, you’re putting yourself at risk too. Read on to learn 3 septic tank-related tips you have to keep in mind during your rural bonfire shindigs.  Guest Parking When too many guests show up to the party, some of them have to park on the lawn. Unfortunately, most residential septic tank systems are not designed to handle the weight of vehicles driving over them. If your bonfire party guests are parking their cars and trucks in the vicinity of your tank, you risk them damaging its lid. Such damage could result in an immediate collapse of your tank or a weakening of it and a later collapse. Similarly, allowing your guests to drive over or park on your leach field is also a bad idea. Not only can it damage your system’s discharge pipes, but it will also compact the soil in your leach field. With the soil compacted, your leach field’s ability to process discharge water will be lessened and the overall lifespan of your septic system will suffer. Do not let party-goers park anywhere near your septic tank or your leach field. Dedicate an area of your yard that is as far away from your system as possible to parking, and hang signs and put out cones to make sure your guests make it there with their vehicles. If you simply don’t have room in your yard to accommodate guest parking without putting your septic tank at risk, consider asking guests to park at a different location and carpool to your house. Fire Placement As waste enters your septic system, bacteria work to break down the solids through the process of anaerobic digestion. One of the byproducts of anaerobic digestion is methane — a toxic and extremely flammable gas. This gas can be ignited by fire just as easily as liquid petroleum. Bonfires can reach temperatures hotter than 2,012 degrees Fahrenheit, and methane will auto-ignite at roughly 1,076 degrees Fahrenheit — a flame doesn’t even need to be present. If you’re building your bonfire on or in the vicinity of your septic tank, you’re risking blowing up your tank and putting yourself and all of your guests in danger. Like your guests’ vehicles, keep your bonfire far away from your septic system. It’s also a good idea to throw plenty of green wood on your fire while it’s burning (green wood will lower its burning temperature) and to post a few “no smoking” signs in the immediate vicinity of your septic tank. Waste Volume Residential septic systems are usually designed to efficiently handle the waste load of the houses they’re connected to. Unless you have a 25 bedroom house, your tank likely isn’t built to manage the water usage of 50 guests. And when your tank becomes full, your septic system will backup; you’ll have waste water coming back up through your toilets and spewing onto your bathroom floors. It’s in the best interest of your septic tank to rent portable toilets for your...

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Trash Dumpsters And Raccoons: What Business Owners Need To Know

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Unfortunately, trash-filled dumpsters are an attractive proposition for marauding pests, and raccoons are a common sight in and around many North American towns and cities. In fact, as the human population has increased across the United States, raccoons have also adapted and grown in number. Raccoons are a nuisance around dumpsters, and it’s important for business owners to take steps to stop these naughty animals making a mess. Learn more about raccoon habits around dumpsters, and find out how to protect your business from these pests. Raccoon habits Raccoons are largely solitary creatures, but if your dumpster offers plenty of treats, you may see more than one of these animals raiding the receptacle for food. Raccoons are omnivorous, which means they will eat almost anything, including meat, vegetables, fruit and fish. As such, almost any organic waste in your dumpster is a possible raccoon meal, so if you need to dispose of unwanted food, your dumpster is a target for raccoons. Some people mistakenly believe that only people in rural areas need to worry about raccoons. In fact, these animals will travel significant distances to feed, and a raccoon will happily use underground sewers and pipes to travel between feeding destinations. As such, business owners in towns and cities may still suffer from a raccoon problem. You’re less likely to see one of these animals during the winter, but raccoons will feed as much as possible during the summer and fall because they need to pile on fat reserves. Reasons to get rid of raccoons Raccoons are certainly cute to look at, and popular films make these creatures rather likeable. That aside, these animals can cause various problems. While foraging for food, raccoons can damage your business premises. As well as breaking your dumpster, the animals can damage things like insulation or pipes in a quest to find material for their bedding. What’s more, while feeding and foraging in and around your dumpster, the animals will often poop, which creates an unpleasant smell and a biohazard. For food retailers or cafĂ© owners, this is bad for your reputation. Raccoons aren’t normally dangerous, although they can become aggressive when cornered. Raccoons may also attack if they are unwell or injured. The animals can carry zoonotic diseases that they can pass on to humans, including rabies. What’s more, the animals can also create a terrible mess, as they will often drag the contents of a dumpster out to get to the food they want to eat. Ways to secure your dumpster If the raccoons cannot get inside the dumpster, they will normally give up and go elsewhere, so the best way to protect your business is to securely close the receptacle. If your dumpster lid is broken or you cannot secure it properly, talk to your supplier about a suitable replacement. Many suppliers now offer lockable dumpsters that will defeat these wily creatures. In the meantime, you can secure unlockable dumpster lids with bungee cords. Of course, if staff members use the dumpster all day, it’s easy to forget to secure the lid every time, so make sure your employees never leave the lid open. You should also make sure workers don’t leave any food waste or debris around the dumpster, as this will soon attract raccoons and other pests. If you find a raccoon trapped...

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