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Slow drains are something that usually come on gradually. It can feel like one day the drains are draining just fine and then a few days later it might take ages for your sink to drain. A few days after that you might notice that there is water pooling around your feet when you take a shower instead of going down the drain. Most of the time, these issues can be fixed by pouring some chemicals down your drains to eat away a clog and clean out the gunk. However, as any good septic system owner knows, you can’t just go pouring anything down your drain if you want your septic system to stay in tip-top shape! There are several things you as a septic system owner can do if you are looking to speed up your slow drains.

Slow drains are something that usually come on gradually

  • First, try using natural chemicals that won’t eat through the good bacteria in your septic tank. Things like baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water are actually very effective at dissolving clogs naturally while also not harming your septic system. If that isn’t doing the trick, you can contact your favorite septic expert to ask about septic-safe drain cleaners.
  • Second, use the force when you can! Instead of waiting for the clog to dissolve, force it out one way or another. Using mechanical methods and means, like a drain snake, can clear out clogs as can using a plunger that is made specifically for drains.
  • Finally, don’t be afraid to call in the experts. Sometimes slow drains are caused by more than a hairy family member and might be a sign of something worse.

To learn more about caring for your slow drains as well as your septic system, contact us at American Waste Septic today.