I'm looking for a safe-for-septic-tanks drain cleaner. I have a slow drain
in the bathroom basin that will not stay clear. I use a plunger and it
clears for a few uses, than slows up again.
Suggestions? Preferably something you tried and which cleaned drain and
didn't harm septic tank. I'd prefer this over package assurances of safety;
ink is cheap, pumping septic tanks is expensive.
Too old to tear drain trap apart.
I don't have a septic tank but do have one drain that gets clogged
occasionally and I just put in Liquid Plumr (or equivalent) and it
usually clears it completely. Sometimes it takes two tries.
About every ten years I do have to call a plummer to snake things out. I
do not want to deal with that myself. I heard of a guy taking a drain
pipe apart and got cut and sustained a life-threatening infection.
The label states that it is septic tank safe.
The ingredients are simply lye and bleach.
On Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:53:14 -0700, Arthur Conan Doyle
Rubbush. Chemical drain cleaners work well, depending on the
blockage. Some, I've never had luck with but others I've used quite
successfully. In a previous house our master shower drain would
always block (hair/soap). We had a crystal drain cleaner that would
clear it every time (Draino was useless). It did take overnight but
it cleaned it well. Not sure I'd use them with a septic tank (haven't
Septic will handle normal use of any drain cleaner. Mine is nearly 40
years old and has not had problems other than a couple of minor repairs.
Pump out schedule depends on number of users. With only 2 of us in the
house now, I go 4-5 years whereas when 3 sons were home it was every
I have had good luck with a short plastic snake that has barbs. It is
especially good at removing hair.
I never got results that were as good using a chemical drain cleaner.
They are not very expensive at the local stores, but I have been using
the same one for a couple of years. I clean the hair off after use, but
it is not exactly sterile.
I suggest anyone be careful not to get stuck by one of the barbs!
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