Top Reasons For Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are just as inconvenient as they are a nuisance. The vast majority of homeowners experience clogged drains and, if ignored, this plumbing issue can transform into a septic disaster over time. As per our homeowner’s guide to septic systems, clogged drains are a common yet preventable problem. If you want to keep your plumbing free and clear, we recommend taking preventative steps to avoid the following causes of clogged drains.

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Clogged Drains

Hair Blockages

One of the most common and inconvenient septic tank problems is when the drains that funnel the wastewater into the septic tank become clogged. And a primary culprit of this issue is hair clogs. Loose hairs that fall out during a bath or shower can quickly accumulate in the drain, restricting water from flowing freely through pipes. To prevent hair blockages, we recommend brushing your hair before getting in the shower or tub. Additionally, be sure to look out for stray hairs that fall out and proceed to collect them and throw them in the trash bin before they have a chance to make it down the drain. 

Flushing Inappropriate Items

A prominent cause of septic system drain blockage and the need for septic tank repairs are flushing the wrong things down your basins and toilets. Items commonly found in blocked drains include diapers, cat litter, cigarette butts, and feminine hygiene products, among other items. To best avoid this issue, we recommend always disposing of these items in the trash can and flushing only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Even items that claim to be “flushable,” such as “flushable wipes,” can wreak havoc on your septic system, so be sure to avoid flushing these too.

Grease Build Up

Another culprit behind clogged septic system drains is throwing grease or fats down the drains via the kitchen basin or dishwasher. While it may seem tempting to throw old cooking grease down the drain, we strongly advise that you avoid this. As grease or fat cools, it thickens and becomes solid clumps that can block the drain entirely over time. To prevent this, wait for grease to cool, thoroughly scrape the solidified product into the trash bin, and then wash the items with hot water. In need of grease trap pumping? We can help! Contact us today to request FOG management services.

Lack Of Regular Maintenance

Even by taking preventative measures, septic tank systems are still at risk of blockages. This rings particularly true for systems lacking proper septic tank cleaning and regular maintenance. If you’re wondering how to care for your septic system, we recommend having our professional technicians inspect your system once each year and pump your system as necessary to clear out the pipes and identify the beginnings of blockages. Regular maintenance checks will also ensure that other system elements, such as inlets, outlets, distribution boxes, and percolators, run as intended and are free from buildup and damage.