If you're a beautician or hairdresser by trade, you may be tired of giving up a portion of your profits to a salon in exchange for chair rental -- particularly if your rental terms are subject to the unpredictable whims of the salon owner, causing you to have to reschedule appointments or turn down new clients. In some cases, paying to construct your own home salon can boost your business in the long run, helping you privately serve your loyal clientele and maintain flexibility. However, this type of renovation can place a significantly higher load on your home's plumbing, particularly if you have a septic tank rather than a sewer system. Read on to learn more about how you can keep your drains and septic tank in prime condition while operating a beauty salon in your home.
What preventive measures should you take to maintain your drains and septic tank?
There are two important steps you'll need to take to ensure your home salon doesn't unduly burden your home's septic tank or plumbing system. The first is to install a hair-catching device in any of the sinks or floor drains that serve the salon. These devices are quite simple and look like long, curved fishhooks. As hair enters the drain, it catches on the curve of the hook -- by pulling up the stopper, you'll bring any accumulated hair with it.
Your next step is to schedule regular septic tank cleanings. Even if you currently abide by the recommended schedule of pumping your tank every few years, you'll need to make some adjustments to accommodate the increased water and sewage load you'll be consuming through your salon treatments. You may also need to adjust the size of your septic tank to avoid having to schedule cleanings more than once per year. For example, a home with 4 occupants and a 1,000 gallon septic tank should need a tank pumping only around once every 2.6 years -- but adding in a home salon could cut that timeline in half. So getting a bigger tank could help to reduce the increase in how often you need to pump the system.
You'll also want to avoid using harsh chemical cleansers and dyes in the water routed to your septic tank -- these chemicals can disturb the balance of bacteria in the water and cause your septic tank to require more frequent cleanings than would otherwise be necessary. If coloring hair or applying permanent solution is a big part of your business, you may want to consider routing your salon's water into a separate holding tank where it can be properly disposed of without potentially compromising your septic tank's ability to process wastewater.
What should you do if you begin noticing plumbing issues in your home salon?
If, despite your preventive efforts, you begin noticing your sinks are taking a bit longer to drain -- or, worse, making noises or bubbling up whenever a toilet is flushed -- you may need to enlist the help of a plumber. While minor drain clogs can be tackled with a flexible snake and some high-powered drain cleaner, drain clogs that persist despite debris catchers installed at the grate may be too far down your pipes for you to effectively blast them away.
A plumber will also be able to evaluate the structural integrity and current available capacity of your septic tank and educate you on some of the steps you'll need to take to avert any potential problems that may be coming down the pike. Fortunately, you should be able to deduct a portion of the cost of any salon-triggered plumbing or septic tank repairs as a qualified home business expense on your federal income tax return.
For more information and assistance, contact a professional plumber or drain cleaning company.