There are a number of reasons why your drains could be clogged and just as many things that can clog them. In this post we are not just going to talk about the reasons why your drain may be clogged and what could be causing the clog, but also how to unclog a drain and septic tank on your own. Many home owners prefer to try and fix the problem themselves before they have to call in a professional, so we figured we would provide some helpful tips!

What Causes A Clogged Drain

There are many things that may cause your drain to be clogged, but some of the most common are:

  • Hair down the bathtub and shower drains
  • Grease, oil, or sticky substances stuck in kitchen drain
  • Solid food or materials have been washed down

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Reasons Your Drain May Be Clogged

  • Clogged main drain line
  • Clogged inlet or outlet baffle
  • Septic tank is full and cannot hold anymore waste
  • A block in the distribution box
  • Septic tank vent is blocked
  • The percolation pipe may be clogged

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Ways To Unclog A Drain and Septic Tank

Here are some ways you can try to unclog your drain or septic tank on your own:

  • Cable or auger – Using a cable or auger to remove solid waste clogs can be very effective. This can even break through tough roots, but can have some cost involved. 
  • Water Jetting – This method can help loosen clogs made by sticky substances, grease, or even from paint that has been poured down the drain. There is some risk involved in this regarding your pipes, so make sure your pipes are able to withstand the high pressure before going this route. 
  • Plunger – You can try using a plunger to unclog your drain. This will work for smaller clogs and is cost effective. 
  • Baking soda and vinegar – This is a homemade remedy to unclog a drain. It is natural and inexpensive.  


If you haven’t had your septic system pumped recently or just want some professional advice as to the health of your tank, give Henson Septic Services a call at 1-706-949-1460. We’re also available through email at For expert septic system maintenance, inspection, and repair, we’re the answer for Northeast Georgia homeowners!