View Basin, Washington
9303 54th Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(800) 699-7854

Septic 101: Septic Tank Problem or Clogged Drain? November 13, 2015

View Basin, Gig Harbor Peninsula
Septic 101: Septic Tank Problem or Clogged Drain? , Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington

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

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Hemley's Septic
Septic Plumbing Experts: The Top 4 Septic Do’s and Don’ts, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington
Septic plumbing is a practical and convenient waste water solution for many homes, but using your septic system incorrectly can result in clogs, seepage, and plenty of other more
4 FAQs About Finding Septic Tank Lids, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington
It’s time for septic tank pumping—do you know how to locate your tank’s lid? Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning & Rooter Service is here to provide you with FAQs and answers about more
How to Choose the Right Septic Tank Distribution Box, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington
When you have a septic tank on your property, you have to stay on top of certain key tasks and make the right decisions to ensure it works reliably for years. That means staying in more
Answers to Common Septic Tank Installation Questions, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington
If you’re building a home, you may need to consider installing a septic tank on the property. You might have many questions if you’re not familiar with septic tank systems, but more
FAQ: How Does Grease Trap Cleaning Help Your Restaurant?, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington
Restaurant managers have a lot to worry about, from providing patrons with a comfortable dining atmosphere to ensuring that chefs are cooking delectable dishes. But have you ever more