How Drain Cleaning Benefits Septic Tanks

If your home relies on a septic system to remove effluent, the benefits of regular drain cleaning are nearly innumerable. The professionals with Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service discuss four major benefits of drain cleaning. Hint: it helps you prevent emergency septic tank pumping!

1. Giving Proper Maintenance to the System

Anything that lasts at least 20 years is worth taking care of. That’s how long a septic system can last if it’s properly maintained. Septic tank services, such as drain cleaning, let the technicians with Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service identify and repair potential issues early. Additionally, there are several ways in which homeowners can take care of their septic tanks between drain cleanings, such as:

  • Never pour household chemicals and cleaners down the drain;
  • Control or reduce the amount of water entering the septic tank each day;
  • Don’t use a garbage disposal if your home has a septic system; and
  • Have all septic issues repaired as soon as possible.

2. Preventing Major Issues

A clogged septic tank can send effluent and sewage back into the home or business through the plumbing. Not only does this situation smell awful; it also poses a health risk to anyone exposed to the sewage. Without regular cleaning, the septic system is susceptible to broken pipes, clogged intake and outflow lines, and drainfield failures. These three are major issues that are costly to repair. Replacement costs in the event of drainfield failure can quickly reach $10,000 or more.

3. Eliminating Slow Drains

Slow drains can quickly become annoying. They happen when food scraps, hair, soap, and other materials fail to go down the drain and build up inside the plumbing. Regular drain cleaning, combined with other forms of septic tank cleaning, can remove clogs to get rid of slow drains.

However, if the home has more than one slow drain at a time, this could indicate that the septic tank is full. Gurgling coming from bathtub and/or shower drains or toilets after flushing is another sign that it's time to call Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service.

4. Prolonging the Life of Your Septic System

Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service recommends drain cleaning once a year for most septic systems. While drain cleaning acts as maintenance for the septic system, it can also extend the lifespan of the entire plumbing system. When the plumbing and septic systems are in good condition, you’ll be able to keep more money in your pocket by not paying for premature replacements or preventable emergency repairs. Yet, when the system reaches the end of its functional lifespan, Jones Plumbing & Septic Tank Service can install a new system for your home or business.