A clogged septic tank is never good, and it’s not something you can wait to address. If you catch the signs early, it might not be as bad.
If you’re starting to notice sewage odors, several wet areas on your property, slow fixture drains, gurgling drain noises, or backup and overflow around plumbing fixtures, these are the sad signs of a failing septic tank.
Of course, there are several reasons why a septic tank can clog, but there are two very common ones: solid waste and solid waste levels.
Pouring food, or grease, or oil down the drains in your home can easily result in a clogged septic system.
Another reason for a clogged septic tank is if the solid waste inside the tank reaches a level that is blocking anything going in and out of it. This can happen due to using lots of antibacterial soaps, since the bacteria can’t eat the waste. When this happens, the solution is to pump and clean the tank.
If it’s too late to prevent a clog, you can try a few solutions yourself before going to a professional.
Start by snaking the drain between the house and the septic tank to see if there are any obstructions causing the problem. Next, try opening the tank. See if any of the intake or outlet drains are blocked. If so, it might be time to have the tank cleaned. Finally, check the distribution box. If it is flooding, the absorption system is blocked or not working.
Hopefully there is still time to prevent a clogged septic tank, but if not, keep an eye out for the warning signs and get the problem fixed as soon as possible.
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