Affordable ways to unclog septic & drain fields

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Affordable ways to unclog septic & drain fields
Routine maintance prevents the need for costly septic repairs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Repairing clogged septic system lines requires time and money. Many Do-it-yourself methods for removing clogged materials from septic systems cost less money and are friendly to the environment. Performing regular maintenance of the drains in the home that lead to the septic system as well as maintenance on the septic system itself saves the homeowner from costly repairs on the septic tank and field lines.

Copper Sulfate

Copper sulphate solution removes clogs such as tree roots from the field lines. Using copper sulphate twice each year, along with using the other methods, helps prevent tree roots from growing in the field lines and spreading into the tank itself. Preventing roots in each part of the septic tank helps to ensure the septic tank fills and empties properly and eliminates the need for frequent pumping of the septic system.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Mixing one bottle of lemon juice and half a cup of baking soda dissolves stubborn clogs in the sinks, bathtub, and garbage disposal, and other fixtures in the home that drain into the septic field lines. Solid food particles and human waste not only clog the drains but may also clog the lines leading to and from the septic system. Clean each drain in the home using baking soda and lemon juice once a month to prevent solid wastes from backing up drains in the home and in the septic system.


Hot saltwater made from boiling ice cream salt and water removes built-up grease from the drain line that leads from the kitchen sink to the septic field. The saltwater solution kills roots that form along the segment of drain pipe leading from the kitchen sink to the septic tank, as well as roots in the septic tank. Performing the saltwater flush of the drains and septic system twice each year saves costly repairs related to field lines and frequent pumping of a septic system.

Active Yeast Culture.

Active yeast cultures help to break down solid wastes in the septic system. Solid wastes, including toilet paper, food particles, and fecal matter, clog the septic system and send solid wastes and water backing up into the yard and the home. Use active yeast culture during a time when water won't be entering the septic system in order to fully break down and remove waste materials from the tank and along the field lines.

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