Clogs And Your Septic Tank: What You Need To Know

When it comes to septic tank malfunctions, few scenarios are quite as annoying as a clog in the drain line. A clog can create drainage issues that make everyday functions like taking a shower a hassle. Replacing the filter to your tank outlet system can help you avoid a clog in the drain field and the inconveniences that come along with it. Here is some of the important information you need to know to stay on top of the issue.


All types of waste matter flow into a septic tank. Much of the matter immediately liquifies; however, some of the waste takes time to break down, and some of the waste never does. The more solid waste that collects around the access point to the tank outlet system, the more likely it is for a clog to form. 

While unsafe usage habits, such as not using the right type of toilet paper or flushing trash down the toilet, will speed up the clogging process, any septic tank owner is at risk for the issue. 


When a clog forms around the tank outlet, the wastewater doesn't have a way to flow out into the drain field properly. Instead, the water slowly starts to backup. When the problem first occurs, you'll notice the water may take longer to flow down the drain. However, overtime, the water stops moving at all. 

Eventually, you may have water backing up into your home. The worst part of it all is that it could be wastewater backing up into your bathtub or even your kitchen sink. 

Replacement or Cleaning

If you don't want to experience any of the nuisances that come along with a clog in your septic tank, you need to be proactive. For starters, remember that you have to service your septic tank at some point. In some instances, the service can come in the form of cleaning the filter, and at other times the filter needs to be replaced. 

There is no set time interval at which the filter should be cleaned or replaced to prevent a clog, but many experts suggest that you have the filter checked each time you have the tank pump to monitor its condition. 

If you are not sure whether your filter should be cleaned or replaced — contact a septic service specialist. The faster you can get ahead of the problem, the less likely you are to deal with an unfortunate circumstance.