Septic Clogs: How To Clear Them


A septic system, just like any other plumbing system will get clogged from time to time. However, you must take special care when unclogging a septic system to ensure you don't damage it or worsen the situation. So, what can you do to unclog a septic system?


First, try using a plunger to try and unclog the drain. This should work for simple clogs.

Hot Water

If this does not work, pour hot water down the drain. Hot water will dissolve soaps and oils and help unclog the drain.

Drain Cleaners

With other plumbing systems, you may use a drain cleaner for stubborn clogs. Drain cleaners are however not recommended for septic systems. Septic tanks require bacteria to break down waste. Drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals which will kill the bacteria, making the situation worse.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Instead of drain cleaners, go for baking soda and vinegar. These are ideal for small clogs near the fixture. For bigger clogs in the main drain, use a plumber's auger or sewer snake.

High-Pressure Water Jetting

This is a highly technical option. Your pipes must be able to withstand the high water pressure that will be released into them, otherwise, they may burst. You are advised to contact a septic tank service for advice and assistance. Alternatively, the septic tank service may choose to use a plumber's snake to remove stubborn clogs. This is also a highly specialized job that requires the right expertise and technique.

Add Bacteria

You could add a good dose of strong bacteria down the drain to quicken waste breakdown. This is particularly useful for aerobic septic systems. Give the bacteria time to act. This can take up to 3 weeks for severe cases.

Physical Check

If all else fails, it's time to open the septic tank. Remove the septic tank cover and check the inlet and outlet for blockage. Remove the blockage using a stick. This is not a job for the faint-hearted. You may be better off getting professional service. Your septic pumping installation service provider will also be able to check if the tank is full and pump it out.

If there is no blockage here, you may need to check further downstream. Check the distribution box between the septic tank and the leach field and remove any blockage.

If you are operating on a septic system, you should take special precautions when unblocking drains. Natural methods are best. If these fail, get professional help.


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