Unusual Septic Tank Blockages

Mar 21, 2024

Unusual Septic Tank Blockages

Septic tank blockages can be a real nightmare. Not only are they messy, but they can also bring your household routine to a halt. No one wants to deal with raw sewage backup, slow drains, an overflowing septic tank, or foul odors escaping into your home. Today, we will go through some of the common causes of septic tank blockages and what you can do to keep your septic system in top shape.

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  • Coffee Grounds

Some people regularly pour coffee grounds into their sink without a second thought and wash them down the drain. Unfortunately, coffee grounds have the tendency to clump together and collect in the pipe bends. The combination of coffee grounds, grease, and hair can cause a massive clog in the septic tank. Instead of dumping coffee grounds in the sink, carefully discard them into a trash bin or a compost bin.

  • Grease and Oil

Leftover grease and oil are tempting to pour down the sink, and most people don't think twice about it. They will simply dump the liquid grease or oil in the sink and rinse it with hot water. However, this habit can harm the septic tank over time. Grease and oil may seem harmless when they're in a liquid state, but they will eventually cool down and solidify in the septic tank, thereby creating blockages. Once they get to the septic tank, they'll combine with soap scum, hair, food waste, and other debris to cause blockages in the tank. This is the best way to dispose of grease or oil—allow the leftover grease or oil to cool completely in a pan or container on the counter. Scrape the solidified oil into a trash can lined with a disposable bag.

  • Dental Floss

Dental floss may seem harmless, but it's not biodegradable and can easily clog the inlet and outlet pipes of a septic tank. When dental floss goes down the drain, it may combine with soap scum, hair, and other debris, forming a mass that will interfere with the proper flow of wastewater. Instead of flushing it down the drain, simply throw it in the trash.

  • Wet Wipes

Do not be fooled by the labels claiming that wet wipes are biodegradable. Wipes do not disintegrate like toilet paper; hence, flushing them can cause major septic tank clogs. They can clump together in the pipes to create a large ball that will cause nasty blockages. Toss wet wipes in the garbage bin instead of flushing them down the toilet to avoid septic tank clogs.

How to Keep Your Septic System Healthy

  • Install an effluent filter

An effluent filter can be a beneficial addition to a septic system. It's placed at the outlet of the septic tank to trap solids and prevent them from entering the drainfield. This can help extend the lifespan of the drain field and reduce the frequency of septic tank pumping and septic tank cleaning. Reach out to a septic company that offers professional septic tank installation to help you install an effluent filter.

  • Limit water usage

Excessive water usage can harm your septic tank. An overloaded septic tank with excessive water flow can't function efficiently. Here are some ways to limit water usage:

  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets
  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash clothes with full loads only
  • Use water-efficient appliances
  • Pump the septic tank regularly

Septic tank pumping is one of the most important aspects of septic system maintenance. A septic tank needs to be pumped every 3-5 years to remove accumulated solids and sludge that can hinder its proper functioning. The frequency may vary depending on factors like tank size, number of occupants, and wastewater volume. Call in a professional septic company to pump out your septic tank and carry out septic tank cleaning.

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