Vents And Drains – Two Areas To Start To Free Slow Drainage In Septic Systems

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If you have a septic system and have been experiencing slow draining or septic water backing up into your drains, you may not need to call in a professional septic repair technician for help. Before you make the call, there are a couple of things that you can try to free-up the problem and get your drains flowing freely once again.

Snake the Drains

Localized drainage problems are usually the result of a clog in the drain somewhere. Get a plumber's snake and run it down the drains in the room that is having the drainage problems.

If the problem is with the toilet, don't try to send a snake down into the drain through the toilet. Instead, go to your local hardware store and purchase a replacement wax ring for under your toilet. Drain and remove the toilet and set it aside. Send the plumbing snake down the drain and clean it that way. Once the clog is cleared, place the wax ring around the drain and carefully place the toilet back in position. This will eliminate the risk of damaging the toilet while working on the drain.

If the drainage problems are throughout the home, the problem is likely in the main drain line feeding into the septic system. If you have experience working with a drain auger, you can attempt to clear the line yourself, but if you have no experience working with the drain auger, you should leave it up to the professionals. If these powerful machines are used incorrectly, you could end up doing more damage instead of freeing up the clog causing the slow drainage.

Clear the Plumbing Vents on the Roof

Many homeowners are unaware of the plumbing vents on the roof of the home. These vents can become clogged with debris or freeze during the cold winter temperatures.

Put on a pair of rubber sole shoes that have good tread. Set up a ladder and make sure that it is secure. Take a flashlight and look down the vent to see if there is any visible debris. Run the plumbing snake down through the vent to remove and loosen stuck debris.

Get a bucket or jug of hot water and carefully climb onto the roof and pour the water down into the vent. The hot water will do two things – flush debris out of the vent pipe and melt any ice that may have built up inside.

If these procedures haven't cleared up the drainage issues with your septic system, contact your local professional, like Plumb Care Plumbing,  for assistance.

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