How to Diagnose a Clogged Septic System

DrainMillions of Americans rely on septic tanks each and every year in order to help eliminate harmful biohazard products and wastewater that flow from the usage in their homes.  While these systems are genuinely trouble-free as long as they are taken care of in a responsible manner, there may be times when an individual may experience a clog within their septic system.  What should you do in order to unclog a drain or septic system? Not many individuals are familiar with how to troubleshoot a septic system, especially when they are unsure where the clog is taking place. Let’s take a look at a few common ways to address this particular issue.

One of the first steps to take is to determine if you actually have any damage to your system as a whole. A professional septic tank repairman can scope out the tank with a special camera in order to determine if there is any issues. While more often than not, the issue will be due to waste or material that has accumulated over time, it is a good idea to be able to check out the system as a whole first.

Another step to take is to ascertain that there has been no draining or dumping of harmful chemicals or products that could have either clogged or disabled the functions of a septic system. In many instances individuals with a septic tank installed will often not realize or not remember that they cannot treat their system the same way you would as with a public sewer system. Items such as “flushable wipes” more often than not are not meant to work with septic tank systems, and have difficulty breaking down in addition to potentially clogging up pipes or the tank itself. Over a period of time, they could build up until there is a large mass of nearly-intact wipes that have never dissolved.

Using certain chemicals to clean your drain pipes in your toilet or sink and shower can also become problematic unless you have checked that they are safe for use with septic systems. The more serious chemicals can actually break down the good bacteria in your septic tank, leading to further issues and problems down the line.

So once these issues are accounted for, you can move on to the next step, which is to check the plumbing within the building or home. This would mean checking the various fixtures throughout the home, on the ground floor and any upper floors. There could be an issue somewhere else that is wreaking havoc and ultimately creating this issue.

Checking outside the home can be another helpful way to determine the root of the problem. For instance, check outside for any trees with large roots that could be pushing or creating pressure on underground pipes. In addition, check the leach field to see if there is standing water that is unable to drain. This could be an issue at the last end of the septic system process, and it is an important one.  Septic problems can come in all shapes and sizes, which is why it is doubly important to invest in the services of a professional who knows how to deal with problems with septic tanks.

If you’re unable to decipher the source if your clogged drain, contact your septic tank repairman today!