Here at Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning, we've been providing full scale septic service to the Gig Harbor, WA, area since 1962. Our family owned company is committed to offering the highest quality scheduled and emergency repairs to businesses and homeowners in the Port Orchard, Bremerton, and Tacoma surrounding areas.
With 53 years of experience in septic troubleshooting and repair, we decided it was time to share the knowledge! In our inaugural edition of Hemley’s Septic 101, we're breaking down a common problem our customers face: How to tell if you have a septic tank problem or a clogged drain.
First, what are the differences between a septic tank issue and a clogged drain, and how can home and business owners tell them apart?
A clogged drain is a simple stoppage of flow within a pipe due to a physical blockage. Septic tank failure is due to a larger scale problem within the entire waste disposal. A quick way to distinguish between the two is some easy investigating. Does the clog occur in a single fixture, such as your shower drain? If so, it’s most likely a local clog. If, however, multiple drains in the building or home are clogged or sluggish, you’ve likely got a larger scale septic system failure on your hands.
There are some possible warning signs for both. If it’s a clogged drain, chances are you’ll notice a failure of proper drainage in your sink, tub, or toilet basin. If this holds true for many or all the drain points in your home or building, you can suspect a septic issue. Another clue that it is a septic tank issue is if waste is backing up from the lowest plumbing point, such as a basement.
Now that you have a better idea how to tell a septic tank issue from a clogged drain, let's go over your options for repair. If the problem is a clogged drain, you can typically fix it with such fast and inexpensive DIY drain cleaning methods as a toilet plunger, Drano, or a plumbing snake. If it persists, give Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning a call so we can provide diagnostic assistance and clean the individual fixtures thoroughly.
If your septic plumbing is the issue, you’ll want to get sewage pump repairs such as septic tank pumping. We provide a full line of septic services to target and repair whatever the cause of your home or building’s septic troubles. We also offer septic inspection to ensure that your septic system is functioning at its optimal level.
Thanks for reading our very first edition of Septic 101. We hope it helped clear up some common confusion about clogged drains and septic issues! For a full list of services and more information about Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning, visit us online. You can also reach us at (800) 699-7854, or after hours help, feel free to call us at (253) 851-3432.
We look forward to helping in all your plumbing needs!
Jerry and Christi Hemley