Taking care of your septic system is important as it is a vital part of your home. However, knowing how to take care of your septic system can be challenging. Proper maintenance on your septic tank will increase its performance, as well as its length of life. Many people believe drain cleaners are the best solution to a drain blockage. But are drain cleaners safe to use? If so, which drain cleaners should you be using?
Are Drain Cleaners Dangerous to the User?
You may think that drain cleaners are a good way to clean your septic tank. However, most liquid drain cleaners are made up of highly toxic chemicals. These chemicals should never come in contact with the user’s skin. Due to the fact that these chemicals are designed to dissolve things such as hair, food, and other blockages, it’s also capable of causing chemical burns if it gets on you. If you do decide to ever use a drain cleaner then proceed with caution and wear proper PPE such as a mask and goggles as even the fumes cause irritation to the eyes and lungs.
Can Drain Cleaners Harm Pipes?
Drain cleaners not only hurt you but also wear down pipes as well. The hydrochloric acid within most cleaners not only eats away at the blockage but the enamel and material of the pipe as well. Consistent use of drain cleaners can result in issues such as holes and leaks appearing in your pipes. This will cause much bigger issues than a simple backed-up pipe. Weigh the pros and cons before using a drain cleaner.
What Are Some Good Alternatives to Drain Cleaners?
Since drain cleaners are the most ideal solution to your clogged drain or pipe, it’s important to know what is safe and effective to use.
Backflushing is a quick and easy way to clear the blockage. You use a vacuum to suck the waste out of your tank and then spray it back in. This force is often enough to break up the solids and clear the way.
Another option is to try septic stirring which is a process in which you use a stick or another long object and begin breaking up the blockage. However, Depending on how severe the build-up is, it may be the best option to reach out to a professional and have your septic tank pumped. Regularly pumping is the best way to both keep your system functional and increase its lifespan.
How Can Norway Septic Help?
Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you need a new effluent filter or if you would like to schedule a septic tank cleaning by one of our professionals, call us today.