When you are dealing with a clogged septic tank, just know that it will not fix itself. Flooding normally comes as a result of clogging in either one or multiple parts of the tank. Therefore, you should learn to clear these clogs and allow the system to work effectively without any signs of overflows. If you want to save a lot of money on plumbing, all you need to do is learn how to clear clogs.
Don’t sit down hoping that the system will clear on its own. However, we have companies that specialize in clearing clogs if you are not sure of what you need to do to remove them. However, clogging of drains is a common occurrence and you can save a lot of money by learning to clear the minor issues.
Clogged Tub Drains
If the tub is not draining well, it will lead to the hair around the stopper. You may not be able to help this through plunging. You should remove the stopper and then clear all the hair. Tub stoppers come into two types which include the ‘top toe’ and ‘trip lever.’ The trip level has been under use for over 50 years and the other one is more recent. Both of them serve the same purpose but differently.
Trip Lever Drains
‘Trip Lever’ has an overflow plate lever close to the top of the tub. The inside part of the overflow pipe has a linkage rod that connects to the stopper. Some designs have the real stopper while others use linkage to run the stopper in the tub. You first need to check out the drain at the tub bottom.
Remove any debris or hair using a pair of needle-nose pliers to solve this problem. If it is not possible, you will have to go a step higher. Remove the overflow plate and then pull the stopper and linkage through the hole. In case any debris or hair comes out with the stopper, be keen to remove it to unblock the septic and correct the overflow.
Lift and Turn Drains
Both the ‘tiptoe’ and ‘lift and turn’ types are similar and make use of a stopper that is linked to the tub drain itself. You have to unscrew these from the tub drain itself in order to clean them out. If you open it all the way and then try to unscrew it, you can be sure that it will turn forever. You should barely lift it up and then hold it in the same position when you unscrew it. You will still need a pair of needle-nose pliers to use in removing hairs that normally clog the drains.
In case your tub drains, you can pay yourself on the back and use the money that you save for another purpose. If the clog still persists, the next thing will be to snake or auger the drain. What you need to do here is use a small cable snake via the overflow opening. It is an exercise that should be done by professionals. All these steps will help you to correct the problem of a flooded septic tank.