Anyone who has experienced the misfortune of having a clogged sink can tell you about what a pain it can be to unclog it. While drain cleaners can often work, sometimes the clog is far too difficult to clear on your own. Sometimes, a professional is needed to get your sink back in proper working order.
What if you have a septic tank setup versus a system that is connected to city services? There are other rules you should follow when dealing with a sink clog involving a septic tank system. It’s important to know which septic safe drain cleaners can be used. Or if a septic system maintenance contractor is needed to do the job right for you.
Let’s talk about what you should do when your kitchen sink is clogged if you have a septic system.
1. Drano and Liquid Plumr Solutions
The first things I went with when I’ve had clogged sinks in the past are Drano or Liquid Plumr. These are easily found at most grocery stores or Home Depot. But you have to be careful when dealing with a septic system. The bacteria levels in the septic tank need to be maintained at a certain level to break down waste.
Fortunately, all Drano and Liquid Plumr products are septic tank-safe. They will not negatively affect the bacteria levels in your septic tank. Always start with these products first, before having to call a septic system maintenance contractor.
2. Natural Drain Clog Solutions
For those homeowners who aren’t comfortable using Drano or Liquid Plumr products, there are other non-chemical options that can be used. A plunger is one method of attempting to clear a drain clog. Just be sure to try this prior to using Drano or Liquid Plumr options, in case of getting those products splashed in your face accidentally.
Boiling water is another method one can use to try to clear a drain. If the boiling water doesn’t clear the drain entirely, then try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Pouring a quarter cup of baking soda mixed with a half cup of vinegar down your drain will create a fizzing reaction that often is able to unclog your drain.
3. Calling a Septic System Maintenance Contractor
If you are unable to get your drain clogged using the above-mentioned options, you will want to call a professional septic system maintenance contractor. They have the experience and knowledge to clear even the toughest clogs and save you time and effort attempting to do it yourself. Trust the people with the most experience to help you get your sink back to fully operational status.
Be Safe With Your Sinks and Septic System
It’s important to only use septic system-safe products when dealing with a sink clog. Whether it’s a major or minor clog, it’s best to do the correct things needed to clear your sink and allow it to drain properly.