The last thing you want to worry about is dealing with a clogged drain in your home, but these things do happen from time to time. Whether it’s a sink, shower, or toilet having trouble properly draining, you will want to address the issue right away. But how do you even know where to begin? It is helpful to know or find out whether or not your home is on a septic tank system.
Septic tank systems are designed to treat wastewater that leaves through the home and passes into the septic tank before being processed and then returned to the soil. Part of the treatment process involves a combination of bacteria and enzymes that are designed to safely and effectively break down solid and liquid waste. When you are dealing with a clogged drain or pipe, it is important to be careful with what you do to restore proper flow in the septic tank system.
Here are four safe tricks to try unclogging your septic tank drain lines:
1. Pour hot water down the drain.
It is not uncommon for soap scum, oils, grease, and other liquid and solid wastes to leave behind residue when they drain. After time, a buildup of one or more of these substances can start to prevent the normal flow of wastewater. One way to safely attempt to clear a clog is to pour hot water down the affected drain. Hot water can help soften substances that have built up and help them move through the drain and into the septic tank for further processing. For example, a rush of hot water down the kitchen sink can help break up food greases that may have built up over time and are now causing the sink to drain slower than normal.
2. Dump vinegar and baking soda down the drain.
If flushing the drain with hot water doesn’t seem to make a difference on the clogged drain then you can try another natural, non-chemical combination to help dissolve buildup in the drain. The combination of baking soda and vinegar can help dissolve tough clogs and allow for wastewater to move through the pipes again. Baking soda and vinegar are environmentally friendly options that will not disrupt the complex bacteria that help septic tank systems properly treat waste.
3. Pump the drain with a plunger.
The plunger is most commonly associated with toilet clogs and backups and is certainly beneficial in those scenarios. However, a plunger can also help with a clogged shower or bathtub drain. When you use a plunger on a clogged drain it will use the layer of tap water to help send a dramatic force of pressure through the pipes. This pressurized water can help to loosen clogs in the drain lines by forcing any buildup to loosen and eventually flow into the septic tank for treatment.
4. Call in the septic system professionals.
While there are a few options you can try to unclog a septic tank drain line on your own, sometimes your best choice is to leave it to the professionals. There are a lot of products on the market that promise to help unclog even the toughest of buildups, but many of these use harsh chemicals that can actually damage the bacteria in the septic tank. When the bacteria and enzymes in septic tank systems are negatively affected by harsh chemicals, wastewater and sewage may not be treated properly and can lead to hazardous waste ending up in the soil and groundwater near your home.
How Septic System Professionals Can Help
When you call in the professionals you can expect a team of certified specialists to identify the source of the clog and effectively handle the clog in a way that won’t accidentally damage your septic tank system. If you can’t clear the clog on your own, there are septic tank systems specialists who can help clean and pump septic tank systems to identify the issue.
Septic system professionals can also talk to you about ways to help prevent clogs in the future. Certain toilet paper and soaps are better suited for septic tank systems and can help avoid clogs. Also, talk with your septic tank specialists if you regularly use the garbage disposal because this can add more solids to the septic tank than it may be able to effectively process.
If you notice a clog in the home that just isn’t going away, call in the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC. We are available for septic system emergencies 24/7, 365 days a year so you can trust in us to take care of any emergency, day or night. We can also get you set up on a regular septic system maintenance and inspection plan to help identify and address potential problems before they occur so you can get the most out of your septic tank system for years to come.