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22 Feb 2022
Is My Septic Tank Clogged?
Is My Septic Tank Clogged?

Is My Septic Tank Clogged?

Your septic tank plays an invaluable role when it comes to wastewater management in a home or commercial property. As a result, it needs to be in top shape to ensure proper elimination of wastewater away from your property. However, a septic tank can become clogged due to pipe damage, flushing inappropriate items down the drains, a collapsed baffle, and many other causes. A clogged septic tank can cause many problems, including sewage backups, foul odors, and costly repairs.

In this article, we will look at the common causes of a clogged septic tank and how to tell if your septic tank is clogged.

What Causes of Septic Tank Clogging?

  • Using harsh chemicals
  • Improper plumbing installations
  • Clogged baffle
  • Pipe damage
  • Tree roots invasion
  • Flushing inappropriate items down the drain. Items such as fats, grease, oils, baby wipes, cotton swabs, condoms, dental floss, medication, and paper towels should never be put down the drain.

Signs Your Septic Tank Is Clogged

  • Septic System Backup: When your septic tank is clogged, the outlet pipe may be blocked, and the wastewater will have nowhere to go. The wastewater will rise up high enough and return to the source through the inlet pipe. If you notice sewage backing up into toilets, drains, and sinks, call a septic company to inspect your septic tank and make repairs.
  • Slow Drains: If your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs are draining slower than normal, you may be dealing with a clog in your septic tank.
  • Gurgling Sounds: If you hear gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet or run water in the sink, it may be an indication of a clogged septic tank that is preventing the smooth flow of water through drain lines.
  • Pooling water around your septic tank: Standing water around your septic tank, and it hasn't rained recently could mean that water cannot flow out of the septic tank due to a clog somewhere in the tank. When the effluent in the septic tank is blocked from draining into the drainfield, it will flow out of the tank through service ports or covers and pool around the septic tank.
  • Greener around your septic tank: Areas of more lush grass around your septic may be an indication that your septic tank could be spilling effluent onto the nearby ground.
  • Foul Odors Around Your Septic Tank: This is an indication that your septic tank is full and needs to be emptied.
  • Other signs of a clogged septic tank include toilet flushing issues, an abnormally dry drainfield, and high effluent levels in the septic tank.

If you notice any of these warning signs of a clogged septic tank, call an experienced septic company to help you with septic tank repair. Ignoring signs of septic tank trouble will only lead to more expensive repairs down the road. At Rooter Septic Services, we are ready to help you with all of your septic system needs, including septic tank pumping, septic tank repair, and replacement. Our septic repair team has the knowledge, experience, and advanced equipment to perform efficient septic repairs.