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How Do You Unclog a Drain with a Septic System?

Clogged drains affect even the best-maintained septic systems. Between food, non-flushable items, and grease, accidents happen. Luckily being prepared for these situations reduces your system’s downtime and resolves issues before they get worse. 

Clogged drains result in slow draining and backup, create bad smells, and cause leaks or further damage. Better understand what causes these problems and know how to handle them with these tips from Wind River Environmental’s team of experts.

How To Unclog a Drain with a Septic System

Don’t Panic

All too often, homeowners end up making a clog worse while trying to fix it. Sticking objects down the drain or using harmful chemicals either exacerbate the issue or lead to new problems in the future. Take a minute to think about your options before risking your drain and septic system’s health.

Find a Septic Safe Solution

When pouring or washing anything down your drain, it’s important to ensure they’re septic safe. Knowing a septic-safe way to unclog your drain is crucial for these moments, as it saves you stress and time. Most clogs aren’t reachable without the help of a technician, but a simple combination of household products might help.

Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar and pour it down your drain. After a minute or two, flush the drain with hot water, and wait to see if that has cleared the obstruction.

If All Else Fails, Call Your Local Septic Provider

Septic experts like Wind River Environmental offer quick and efficient drain cleaning services. Some clogged drains need professional tools to remove and our technicians use the best-in-class equipment to resolve these issues. Technicians identify the clog and use jetting or snaking to dislodge the obstruction.

Know What and What Not to Put Down Your Drain

Almost anything can cause a clogged drain, but some items are more dangerous than others. Firstly, if your home has a garbage disposal, avoid using it. Not only does it lead to fuller septic tanks, but common items including eggshells, coffee grounds, and fatty foods are frequent offenders in clogged drains. Other things to avoid throwing in your sink or flushing down a drain include dental floss, cigarettes, gum, and cat litter.

For clogged drains or any septic needs, Wind River Environmental is here to help. If you have any inquiries about clogged drains, call Wind River Environmental at 1-800-499-1682. For any septic questions or issues, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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