If you have a clog in your septic tank line you may be able to take care of it yourself. There are other times, however, where you will need the help of a professional. If you notice any of these following problems, try the corresponding troubleshooting steps before calling a plumber.
• If you notice a foul odor near your shower, tub or sink, check for any blockages in the vents first. Next undo your toilet and see if there are any gaps in the wax ring under the bowl. If it’s damaged, replace it. You can also try adding a small amount of bleach to the drain to kill any bacteria that may be causing the odor. If that doesn’t work, then you may have a bad vent line and you’ll need to call a plumber.
• If more than one toilet, shower or sink is backing up, you probably have a branch vent or drain that is obstructed. If the clog is too deep in your drain to clear, a professional will need to help you. Harsh chemical cleaners will likely not be effective and may do nothing more than corrode your plumbing.
• You may simply have a full septic tank. If this is the case, you’ll want to get in touch with a professional to clean it.
Call Radiant at (512) 772-5082 if you ever have a septic tank clog.