Slow Drains? Snake The Drains And Clean The Vents

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If your home is equipped with a septic system and you're having trouble with slow drains, the problem could be caused by backed-up drains or clogged vents. Here, you'll learn how to check and open the vents and drains to get the water draining as it should.

Drain Snaking

If the slow drains are only happening in a certain area of the house, chances are, the problem is somewhere in a drain leaving that space or somewhere in the drains down the line. Start with the drain that is running slowly. Send the plumbing snake down the drain and work it in until it won't go any further. Now, pour a few tablespoons of baking soda and about a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for at least a half hour. Now, run the snake through the drain once more. Run some water and see if the problem is solved. If not, the problem lies elsewhere. 

If you're having troubles with the toilet draining as it should, don't send the snake down the toilet. Instead, head to the store and pick up a replacement wax toilet ring. You will need to drain your toilet, lift it off of the drain, snake the drain underneath, replace the wax ring, and reposition the toilet. Sending a snake down the toilet without experience working with a snake could result in a fractured toilet that is leaking and will need to be replaced.

If snaking the drains didn't help to free up the drains, the problem is likely either in the septic system itself or the vents are clogged. Next, you'll check the vents.

Check the Vents

The plumbing vents are typically found on the roof of your home. Over the years, debris can build up inside and prevent the air from being released from your home's drainage system. When the air is trapped, the water cannot move freely down the drains and into the septic system.

Grab your plumbing snake and a garden hose and head up to the roof. Run the snake down the vent. Once you've cleared it out, send the hose down into the vent a little bit and run some water down through it. This should push through anything that remains after the snake has been removed.

Now, test all of the drains and see if this helped out the situation. If not, contact your local plumbing services for assistance.

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