The holiday season is nearly upon us, and it brings with it, fond memories…of fun, food, family and friends.
And some not-so fond memories too…of the messy septic system failures and backups!
Those of you who have experienced it will be able to relate; I certainly can!
Last year, some relatives of mine stayed at our house for a week with their three kids.
Wow, they had fun!
No, not the parents; the kids.
Everything they used (and did not use), they’d flush down the toilet. Food, paper towels, hygiene products—everything!
Of course, we were all unaware of it. That is. until one day, we woke up in the morning and saw dirty, black water overflowing all over the bathroom floor, running into our hallway and soaking parts of our living room carpet.
I’ll spare you the gross and stinky details, but let’s just say it was a big mess!
A confession: I’ll admit it was not all the kids’ fault; we haven’t been maintaining our septic system for a very long time. So I guess, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was just that the holiday season spoils accelerated the problem and made it all worse.
It took us two days to clean up the mess, and one week to get rid of the odor, but unfortunately, we were not able to save our living room carpet; the water damage had completely destroyed it!
Another confession: We cleaned the carpet ourselves, and initially it all looked fine. But we never really managed to clean it! It looked dry on the surface, but the black water had been absorbed deep into the padding which we never realized. So it was still wet. And that’s what actually ruined the carpet.
If we had called in a carpet cleaning company the very first time, we might have been able to save it.
So guys, I’ve got a piece of advice for you:
Always make sure you get your septic system cleaned before the start of the holiday season.
In fact, two pieces of advice for you:
Make sure, you’re careful of what you flush down your toilet and kitchen sinks.
Oops, three (I learned my lesson the hard way, and I don’t want the same to happen with you):
Whenever there is water damage in your carpet, always and always consult a carpet cleaning company; don’t try to clean the carpet yourself.
Wish you all the good in your life, and I hope you enjoy this upcoming holiday season with only fond memories to share.
Until next time, goodbye!
A BONUS read: Eczema, Asthma and Hay Fever Can Be Made Worse By Those Dust Mites Right Under Your Feet!