Your sink is clogged. What now? You want to fix the problem, but you don’t want to cause other issues by polluting or damaging your septic system. What drain cleaner is safe to use? Or should you call a drain cleaning service?
You have several options to consider. Here’s what you need to know about each solution.
Chemical drain cleaners
If you need to unclog a drain, you may automatically reach for a chemical drain cleaner. This could be a mistake. Products such as Drano and Liquid-Plumr may be effective at removing the clog, but some drain cleaners can also do damage to your septic system. Certain products include chemicals that can disturb the delicate balance of bacteria in your septic tank that allows it to function properly.
However, there are some drain cleaners that are safe to use with septic systems. Always check the labels and manufacturer recommendations before you use a chemical drain cleaner. When in doubt, consult with a drain cleaning service for a recommendation on which product to purchase.
Natural drain cleaners
If you want to avoid using a chemical drain cleaner in your system, there are some natural methods you can try. One of the simplest and safest methods is to use a plunger. This is often very effective to remove small clogs.
If the plunger is not effective, you can try a natural drain cleaner: water. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to remove the clog. If the clog persists, try a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Use ¼ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar. This will cause a reaction that can help unclog the drain.
Drain cleaning service
If DIY methods fail, you may need to contact a drain cleaning service. These professionals have additional tools and methods at their disposal to safely and effectively clean your drain and protect your septic system.
Look for a company that has experience and a solid reputation in the industry. You may also want to consider partnering with these professionals for regular inspections and preventive measures to prevent clogs in the future.
In addition to partnering with drain cleaning professionals, you can take simple steps as a homeowner to prevent drain clogs. Avoid putting things down the drain that can clog your pipes. This includes oil and grease. Hair is another common cause of clogs, so use screens on your drains to catch hair and keep it out of your pipes.
Limiting the use of the garbage disposal can also help prevent clogs. If you plan to use the disposal frequently, consider installing a model that is designed for use with septic systems.
Protect your septic system
For safe solutions to keep your drains clear, contact the team at Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services. We’ve been your go-to source for everything septic since 1956. Our experts specialize in repairs, cleaning, pumping and maintenance, striving for complete customer satisfaction with every job. Reach us today at 952-440-1800 to discover how we can improve your septic system performance.