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Are Drain Cleaners Safe For Septic Systems? Eventually we all come upon a clogged drain at some point in our lives. Most of us will check to make sure the block isn’t obvious. What are the options when the drain is clogged and you can not see whats stopping up the water?

“Plumbing Safe” isn’t Septic Safe

So, are liquid drain cleaners safe for septic systems? What if they are listed as plumbing safe, but what does this actually mean? Simply that the product is safe to use in your drains around your house. Anytime you dump harsh chemicals down your drain it will end up in your septic tank. We’ll talk about what happens to your septic tank in the next section. You should know what the drain cleaners main ingredient is so you can decide if you want to use it. We do have one suggestion to try that is less harsh on your septic tank. Take 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Mix and pour down the drain. Then take and pour about 2 cups of boiling water in the drain and then wait. Many times this will clean out a drain without the harsh chemicals.

Are Drain Cleaners Safe In My Septic Tank?

A septic tank holds solid waste and separates the wastewater that will flow into your drainfield. A septic tank is full of naturally occurring bacteria. This bacteria helps to break down the solids that are in your tank. The bacteria also helps to clean the water so that when it goes into your drainfield is can be properly cleaned by the environment. When you introduce harsh chemicals, it can upset the balance. Bacteria can be killed off with drain cleaners, or even pouring bleach down your drains. While the damage isn’t immediate, or noticed right away, it could cause problems.

Another Option…A Professional

If your drains are clogged, or get clogged often it might be time to call in a professional plumber. They can help to identify and fix a problem with your plumbing inside your hoe, or if you need a septic company. Here at Martin Septic we can help keep your septic system running properly. We suggest septic inspections and cleanings on a regular schedule. This will help you to avoid problems when the are the most inconvenient.

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