According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a septic system should be pumped every three to five years. This video explains what happens when septic system cleaners need to unclog a congested septic system. A clogged septic is an unpleasant and expensive scenario that can be avoided through proper use and management.
Homeowners should not dispose of items such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, coffee grounds, condoms, chemical drain openers, oil-based products, and other non-degradable substances down the toilet or sinks.
Once the septic is located, septic system cleaners will try to use the vacuum to remove the items causing the clog. If they are too clumped and thus cannot be sucked into the pipe, they will use a rake to remove all the foreign objects manually. Clogs are mainly contained at the inlet side, while the outlet side of a properly functioning septic has dirty water. Once the clumps are removed, they can resume pumping out the septic tank until all the water is drained. They will also rinse out the bottom to suck out any remaining solids so that the entire septic system is left as clean as possible.