How to Detect a Septic Tank Clog

A clog in your septic tank can create problems that seem very similar to a clogging sink or drain. It is very important to know the difference so you can call in the professionals right away. A septic tank clog needs immediate attention, or it can become quite a big problem. Here is how to detect a septic tank clog.

 

Water or Sewage Backup

We will start with the most obvious sign. If there is raw sewage or water pooling anywhere inside your home, call your septic company ASAP. Never attempt to clean up raw sewage yourself, it is highly toxic and must be left to the pros to handle. Sometimes a septic backup starts as a bubbling in your drains followed by an intense putrid smell. Other times it can be more subtle with a faint sulfur smell or tiny puddles of pooling water. The important thing is to call in the pros at the first signs of a backup.

Slow Drains

If you have one slow drain in your bathroom, that may point to a sink clog. However, multiple slow draining issues is almost always an indicator of a septic clog. Do not attempt to snake the drains yourself or pour chemical drain de-clogger down the pipe. Instead, call your septic company right away.

Water Overflowing from Clean-Outs

A septic clog could cause your outside clean-outs and vents to overflow. This is why it’s important to frequently inspect the outdoor components of your septic system. If you notice water overflowing through your clean-outs, temporarily halt your water usage and call your septic company right away.

 

Spotting a clog right away is your best defense to save yourself from expensive backups and septic disasters. If you suspect your septic tank is clogged, or you are not sure what the problem may be, call Affordable Pumping Services right away.