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How Do I Know If My Septic Tank Is Clogged?

Posted on: Friday, Oct 28, 2022

According to a survey report put forth by the National Statistical Office (NSO), around 96% of toilets in rural India are connected to a septic system. About 47% of Indian households have septic tanks. However, people in rural areas prefer open defecation as they wish to avoid periodic pumping expenses when the septic system overflows and gives out an obnoxious odor. To maintain sanitation in India, educating people about the right way to use septic tanks would benefit the individual and the environment around them is necessary. When we talk about septic tanks, it is common to hear about safe decomposition with the help of naturally occurring microbes. A well functioned septic tank should ideally ensure that pathogens are trapped within, not allowing them to be leached out. But many factors can affect the natural balance of these bacteria, which may compromise the tank’s decomposition process. This could lead to the unhealthy discharge of wastewater in the area around the tank, posing a health hazard to life and groundwater contamination, which causes pollution.


If you’ve had a look at the five signs of a septic tank failure in our last blog, it will be easy to differentiate between a clogged drain and a clogged septic system. 


Do you sometimes hear the sound of your toilet gurgling or the water level rising that requires you to clean the mess with the help of plunging? Clogs and backflow are caused when inorganic waste is trapped in the plumbing fixtures. However, the clog or overflow could also point to a problem inside your tank if you have a septic system. 


Identify signs of a septic clog.

Before digging up a septic field or ordering a costly repair service, if your septic tank uses a filter, check for the following signs that would help in knowing if the septic filter is clogged and needs cleaning:


#1 Sluggish drainage

Inspect the sewer line between your home and the septic tank. Identify if there is water trickling through the line of the septic tank. 


#2 Gurgling noises in sinks or toilets

When you flush the toilet, a weird gurgling noise indicates that the septic system is clogged. 


#3 Drainfield is abnormally dried up

If the septic tank’s septic filter is clogged, effluent is discharged slowly through it to the drain field, which relieves the drain field but is a sign of abnormality.

If the septic filter is very clogged, effluent may leave the septic tank underground at one of its service ports. Look for wet areas around it.


How do we get rid of septic tank clogs?

There are multiple life hacks and Do It Yourself methods to fix things around your home. When looking for methods to unclog your septic system, you may want to try techniques like pouring boiling water down the drain or pouring vinegar to break down the clogs. As an expert, we do not recommend these at-home remedies for clogs because they do not assure 100% results.


Occasionally you’ll need a professional drain cleaner to pump the waste and eliminate clogs. However, they turn out to be expensive. There are chemical drain cleaners available in the market that aren’t made explicitly for septic systems. These chemical cleaners clear the clogs while also killing beneficial bacteria in your tank and disrupting the bacterial balance. 


When it comes to a drain cleaner or clog remover, the best thing to do is to purchase one that contains concentrated bacteria and enzymes that will kill the harmful bacteria and organic matter inside your tank while increasing the number of beneficial microbes. Your septic tank is an ecosystem that needs to be balanced to continue working correctly. 


Our team at Organica Biotech has designed Bioclean Septic, which fulfills all the criteria. This formulation is intended for everyone, be it homeowners, housing societies, restaurants, resorts, commercial institutions, the corporate sector, and many others.


Bioclean Septic is one of the best preventive solutions to keep your septic tank healthy. It contains microbes producing powerful enzymes that are capable of completely degrading fecal matter. They directly degrade organic buildup in drain pipes, gravel leach pits, and porous stone walls, thus preventing overflow and backflow issues and aiding septic tank treatment.


Other benefits of using Bioclean Septic are: 

  • Rapid Degradation

The microbes line up the septic tank and release enzymes that prevent the hardening of sludge and degrade organic matter that prevents sludge build-up, thereby reducing the need for pumping and saving on unnecessary costs. 

  • Eliminates Fats, Oils, and Grease

Accumulation of fats, oils, and grease in the drainage pipes is a major cause of concern because it leads to blockages in your septic tank. Our formulation contains fat-busting enzymes, which prevent FOG buildup in the system. 

  • Resistance to toxic chemicals, pH, and temperature fluctuations

Our tenacious consortium eliminates the septic tank’s destructive/poisonous cleaning chemicals and ensures smooth functioning.


Septic systems are complicated, especially to the untrained eye. When there is a problem, it’s not always obvious where it’s originating from. Promptly diagnosing the issue and regularly maintaining your septic tank with the right solutions, is important to ensure it doesn’t get worse or cause any problems for the people in your home!


Dr. Anuja Kenekar is lead scientist at the Inventions and Innovations Department at Organica Biotech, with over a decade of research experience. She believes that harnessing the power of science and communication can solve the greatest challenges humanity faces today.


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