Septic Clogs: What you Need to Know

If you’re someone who’s experienced a lot of septic clogging recently, then this blog might help! We’ll be exploring what causes septic clogs and how to identify them. Of course, if your septic is currently clogged, you should call Lion Home Service as soon as possible!

What’s causing your septic system to clog?

There are several reasons that you might find yourself with a clogged septic system. Below are just a couple of those causes.

  • Using harsh chemicals: We all know that some cleaning products can be really harsh, not only for us humans but also for our septic system. Using harsh cleaning products can affect the good natural bacteria that live in your septic system. These natural bacteria work to break down the waste in your septic system. Without it, there’s a possibility that the system could get clogged. To avoid this, you can use more natural cleaning products – baking soda and vinegar work great!
  • Tree and plant roots: If you find that your septic system is located near large trees or plant life, then you may have a problem on your hands. Large rooted plants can be a risk to your septic system because their roots can grow into the septic pipes or tank. If one of these large roots grows into a pipe, it will cause a clog, making it difficult/impossible for the waste to travel through the system. Therefore, it’s best to remove large trees or plant life from around your septic system – this includes the drain field and reserve drain field.
  • Garbage disposals & the toilet: Being mindful of what you put down the garbage disposal and the toilet is essential in maintaining a healthy septic system. Putting items down in the garbage disposal that the disposal can’t process properly can cause a risk for your septic system. These items will likely be difficult to break down in your septic tank and may cause a clog. The same idea goes for products that you flush down the toilet – even ones that are advertised as “flushable” are probably not. For example, it’s best only to flush toilet paper and waste down the toilet.

Signs Of A Septic Clog

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether a clog is just in the drain or goes deeper into your septic system. One of the largest indicators that it’s a septic clog is that all your lower drains will be slow at once. Lower drains can be identified as shower drains, basement drains, and toilets on the lower levels of your home. These drains are closest to the septic system and, therefore, will be the most telling. They will drain slowly and may even make strange gurgling noises. This indicates a septic clog. Some more signs that your septic is clogged might include:

  • Odors
  • Flooding or standing water around your septic system
  • Returning water flow
  • Increase in plant life or extra green grass

One of the most important things you can do for your septic system is getting it pumped regularly. Getting it pumped and inspected will ensure that everything is working properly and help keep the clogging system. Beyond that, it’s important to stay on top of your routine maintenance to prevent the need for costly repairs. If you’re dealing with a clogged septic system, then give our team a call – we’re ready to help you, even in an emergency! Our expert service experts are available around the clock to care for all your septic needs. Call (970) 829-8222 to schedule a service call today!