Blocked Septic System and How To Fix It
A sewerage leak or back-up and blocked sewerage drains are some of the most frustrating, annoying and costly plumbing problems that we are likely to encounter in our homes and business centres. They can cause inconvenience for some time and cause damage to your plumbing infrastructure. They can also cause massive and costly repairs.
Most common septic system problems that you might encounter include blocked sewer drains and back-up. Back-up occurs when there is clog in the drain pipes which can cause sewerage to leak back out of your toilet. Pipe breakage is also possible and causes damage to the system which in turn may cause flooding.
How To Prevent Septic Systems From Being Clogged?
To prevent septic systems from being blocked, we have some suggestions which you should do to prevent clogging and blockages.
Don’t flush sanitary items such as wipes, cotton tips, paper towels, and plastics down into the toilet. These items are made of materials that will not break down if you flush them. They can also become caught on the edges of the drain pipes and cause a blockage.
Put up reminders, notes or signs on the bathroom that says sanitary items should not be flushed down the toilet except for toilet paper. Educate the users of your toilet because this will help you prevent toilets being clogged. If the users of your toilet know what to flush down the toilet drain, they will avoid flushing down unnecessary items.
Put a trash or rubbish bin inside or near the bathroom toilet for users to conveniently throw sanitary items used easily. A trash bin inside the bathroom or in the same room where the toilet is important. This will help your toilet users dispose of sanitary items easily. The closer it is to the toilet, the better because it would take little effort for users to throw their trash into the bin. There will also be less temptation to flush down these items into the toilet if there is a rubbish bin in the room.
Be sure to have a handy plunger that will help you unclog blockages. A good plunger should always be present in your bathroom near the toilet. Don’t keep flushing the toilet if it has a clog because this will not effectively remove the clog. To unclog the drain, you should keep plunging vigorously. Plunging for some time will more likely get rid of the clog because of the pressure exerted to remove the blockage from the drain pipes.
As much as possible, avoid using chemical drain cleaners. Chemical drain cleaners are corrosive. They can destroy or damage your drain pipes in the long run because of their components. They are easy fixes but are harmful to your pipes and the environment. Once the chemicals sit on one part of the drain pipes, they can likely corrode them.
Try using filters over the drains. This is to trap hair and other solid objects. Traps also avoid small object from getting into the drain pipes if filters are in place.
Try emptying the septic tank if you are not going to use it for some time. If you are going away out of the house for some time, and nobody will use the toilet, bath, and sinks, empty the septic tank to get rid of sludge and clogs.
Call professional plumbers to fix the blocked septic system. After you have tried plunging and the clog still doesn’t go away, you need to call the plumbers to better fix the problem. Experts will help you fix easy to difficult issues with your septic system. Listen to your plumbers on how they fix the problem and adhere to their advice to prevent having the same problems in the future.
How To Unclog A Septic System?
If you already have a clogged or full septic tank, there some ways that you can do to unclog it.
Drain snake or water jet the main drain pipe to unclog. This technique is better done by expert plumbers. Clogs made by solid waste or greasy substances to roots can be removed by a drain snake or water jetters.
Look into the inlet and the septic tank outlet for blockages caused by solid wastes. Once you find the clog, remove it and try running water through it to see if an easy flow is already possible.
Look into the distribution box. This box is in between the septic tank and the percolators. If there are blockages in it, remove them to let an easy flow.
Observe the area around the percolators to see if they are moist, swampy or stinky. If they are, it means that there is no proper percolation. There are instances that the soil is not absorbing drain water. Or, this could be because water use has increased, making the soil saturated with moisture from heavy rainfall. When this happens, call an expert plumber to fix the problem.
See if the septic tank has frozen. This requires the help of an expert plumber immediately. Use it as a storage tank and let it thaw. To prevent the tank from freezing in the future, winterise it before the next winter.
If you are having problems with your septic system, call us up and let us help you fix the problem. We’ll get your septic system clog-free in a jiffy.