Drano and Septic Tanks

December 30, 2022 Published by Leave your thoughts

All Pro Septic has been providing the best in septic services since 1999. We always strive to provide our customers with not just good service, but also good advice. Drain clogs and blockages are common maintenance issues, and nobody wants to deal with a clogged sink or toilet. However, is Drano safe for septic tanks? In brief, the answer is no, and here is more information on why that is and some safe alternatives.

Drano and Septic Tanks

When asking is Drano septic safe, you have to consider what it is made of. Drano is designed to break down grease, hair, and soap-based clogs. To accomplish the needed chemical reaction, Drano uses a mix of salt, aluminum, and bleach. Despite claims Drano is safe for septic tanks, most experts advise not to use it as these harsh chemicals can lead to various types of damage to a septic system. Damage that can be caused includes damage to PVC pipes, and it can also kill the good bacteria your septic tank needs to function correctly, leading to waste buildup in your septic tank and possible blockages.

Drano Alternatives

If you need to remove a clog, the following alternatives can help without harming your septic tank and plumbing.

  • Boiling Water: A half gallon of boiling water can break down certain types of clogs. If your clog is the result of common causes, such as soap or grease, slowly pouring boiling water down your drain can help break down the blockage.
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda: For more stubborn clogs, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and then slowly pour half a cup of vinegar down after it. After both items have been poured, block your drain for roughly half an hour to allow for the proper chemical effect, and then pour hot water down the drain. 
  • Plunger: A traditional plunger can help force some clogs loose, removing the drain blockage.
  • Plumber’s Snake: Also called an auger, a plumber’s snake can break apart hard-to-remove clogs. These metal coils can be purchased for about $25 to $75, depending on the length and quality of the auger. When using a plumber’s snake, be careful, use gloves, and have a bucket nearby. You may need to run the snake multiple times to fully break up a clog.

Know When To Contact a Professional

If you’ve been trying to clear a blocked drain and nothing is working, it’s time to call a professional. An expert can clear out even the most stubborn clogs and check if you have a more severe issue needing repair.

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