Are There Blocked Drains in Your Septic System?

Everyone experiences a clogged drain every once in a while. And generally, blocked drains are a minimal nuisance you can take care of by addressing the blockage directly.

But do you regularly experience blocked drains? Or maybe your water doesn’t immediately go down the drain as it should? Then there could be an issue with your septic system.

While a septic inspection will clear up any potential questions, there are also a few additional signs that homeowners can be on the lookout for, which may indicate the root cause of your drainage issues.

Concerned about your drains’ ability to function? Consider these common causes of routinely clogged drains, which may indicate a deeper problem.

Four Reasons Your Septic Drains and Pipes Have Blockage

1. An aging tank

Clogged drains are a common symptom of a septic tank needing replacement. Concrete tanks can have cracks and can corrode over time, which leads to an inability to properly filter and dispose of waste. As such, the tank fills up faster, and you may see the results of this malfunction in your household drains.

If you are due for a septic tank replacement, remember that there are options. Our light-weight yet durable polyethylene septic tanks are generally less expensive to transport and install. Even better, they provide the same level of service, without the fear of corrosion or cracks.

 

2. Overgrown roots

Tree roots can impede your drain lines, and affect your system’s ability to shuttle waste from the household into the tank itself.

So examine your yard if you regularly have drain issues, and look for large or growing trees that may be close to the home or drainage field. As trees mature, their roots can become strong enough to pierce a pipe, which in turn will lead to water back-up and clogs.

 

3. Too much cooking grease

Many clogged drains begin in the kitchen, as that excess cooking waste you send down the drain gets lodged, collects, and then leads to slow drainage or an outright blockage.

So watch what you put down the drain in your kitchen sink, especially when it comes to grease. When grease is poured down the drain in liquid form, it eventually cools and hardens, and can lead to a blockage.

 

4. Missing screens

Your drains have wire mesh screens that are essential for the health of your system.

Whenever you use water in the home, these wire screens will trap any bulky waste materials that should not be introduced into your septic system. If these screens are damaged or missing altogether, you may find that more clogs result in the affected areas of the home.

 

Remember that even though it’s underground and out of sight, your septic system has a myriad of ways that it alerts you to deep-rooted issues. If any of the above causes doesn’t seem to fit your drainage problems, it’s time to call a professional. Alternative, modern septic tanks (like ours) that are easy to install are now readily available. Hence a septic system overhaul doesn’t have to be the laborious and financial headache that it has been in the past.

 

Have more questions? We are happy to help you find the right tank for your home. Contact us today!

 

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Are There Blocked Drains in Your Septic System?
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Experiencing regular issues with your drains? Here’s a look at common culprits for clogged or malfunctioning drains, and how it affects your septic system.
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