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Is My Septic Tank Clogged?

A plumber unclogs a sewer drain with his Plumbing Snake and tools

Any water used in your household will drain through the septic system, through an inlet at the top of the tank. Over time, your septic tank will fill from all wastewater outlets in your property. At a certain level, your tank is designed to release water into an area on your property known as the drain field. Fluids released in the drain field will not smell and be serviceably hygienic, and the soil around your septic tank will remove any remaining bacteria.

Should the pipe supplying water to the drain field become blocked, wastewater will back up through your septic tank system. It can be easy to confuse a septic tank blockage with a single blocked drain, but swift action will prevent damage to your property and associated costly repairs.

Identifying a Clogged Septic Tank

In the early stages, a clogged septic tank will appear very similar to a clogged household pipe. Water may drain from fixtures more slowly, and you may notice unusual gurgling sounds. The key difference is that a blocked pipe may affect one or two fixtures, whereas a clogged septic tank will impact the function of all fixtures at once.

Septic tank problems will become apparent on the lower floors of your property first, so basement floor drains, shower outlets and first floor toilets are worth checking for signs of drainage problems.

What to Do About a Suspected Clog

If you suspect a blocked pipe, it can be treated without professional assistance by applying a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down your drains. After sitting for up to two hours and then being flushed liberally with hot water, most minor obstructions should be removed. You should never attempt to treat a clogged pipe with chemical drain cleaners, as this will damage the beneficial flora of your septic tank and make the matter worse.

The best way to prevent septic tank clogs is by having the system pumped regularly. Septic Service Pro offers a comprehensive service to ensure that your tank continues to provide optimal functionality.

If you suspect that you have a blocked septic tank, we offer additional repair services to restore your peace of mind. Contact Septic Service Pro in Cumming, GA today for a professional evaluation of your needs.

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

Our Customer Reviews

Septic Service Pro


Based on 117 reviews

Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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Septic Service Pro Cumming, GA

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

(678) 899-6457

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