A blockage in your septic system can cause extensive damage to your system while causing unpleasant sewage backups into your home. If you know what the most likely culprits are behind common blockages, you can be proactive about preventing them. See just a few of the most common clogs below and how you can avoid a septic emergency in your home.

Common Problems Behind Septic Blockages

1. Overflowing Tank

Most systems require pumping at least once every three years, though this will vary depending on your tank size, household size, and other factors such as water usage. If you don’t pump your tank on schedule, the sludge will overflow back into your pipes and get into the drain field, clogging them. Prevent this by working with your septic service to keep your tank pumped on a routine schedule.

2. Clogged Filters

septicSome systems have a filter fitted on the outlet pipe that separates the tank from the drain field. This filter is responsible for catching larger particles, so they won’t get out into the drain field and clog up the plumbing there. These filters need to be cleaned at least twice a year.

3. Improper Disposal

Another common location for clogs is in the line between the home and the tank. This is usually the result of sending something down the waste system that doesn’t belong there. Common culprits include diapers, sanitary products, plastic items, and oil and grease. The latter should never be flushed or poured down the drain, as it cools and forms into globs that can be difficult to break up. Instead, let it cool and pour it into a bottle.



If your drains are running slowly or are emanating a sewage smell, quick repairs can remove the blockage before it causes more serious problems. Great Bear Septic Service will efficiently handle the problem with their quick and reliable service. Their team has more than 6 years of experience in the septic industry, and they serve property owners throughout New York’s Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess counties. Call (845) 621-0250 to schedule your appointment or visit their website to browse their services.