How To Tell If You Have A Clogged Drain Or A Full Septic Tank

If you suddenly experience problems with your toilet not flushing, you may instantly think the toilet has a clogged drain pipe. This might be true in some cases, and even in your situation; however, a toilet that will not flush can also indicate that your septic tank is full. Here are some things to look for that will help you determine if you have a clogged drain or a full septic tank.

Is the problem limited to one plumbing fixture?

The main sign that will help you determine the answer to this question is if the problem is limited only to a specific toilet or if there are problems with other fixtures. If you can use other toilets in your home without experiencing problems, and if all your sinks seem to be draining just fine, the problem is most likely a clogged drain pipe under your toilet.

On the other hand, if all of your plumbing fixtures are acting up, the problem is most likely related to your septic tank. The most likely cause of this would be a full tank. When a tank gets full, it will not be able to accept any more water. This will cause a backup of water in your plumbing fixtures.

What other signs are present when a septic tank is full?

If you are starting to believe the problem might be your septic tank, go outside and look at the area near the tank. Do you see pooling water in your yard? Do you smell septic odors? Pooling water and bad odors near a septic tank are also common signs that a tank is full.

Could the problem be anything else?

You could always remove the lid from your septic tank and look inside it if you want to see how full it is. If you do this and see that the tank is not full, there could be one other issue that is causing problems in your house, and this is a clogged sewer drain. There is a pipe that runs from your house to the septic tank, and this pipe carries all the waste water from your drains to the tank. If this pipe gets clogged, you will also experience problems with your drains not flowing well. You may also see water bubbling up your drains when it should be going down.

If you believe that your septic is full or that there is a problem with your sewer line, call a plumber for septic tank pumping. Plumbers can diagnose problems like this and can fix them. 

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