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Septic Tanks

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We have a very sluggish outlet from the bath, which is obviously a bit blocked. We're on a septic tank so can't use bleach or drain cleaner. Does anyone have any suggestions, please, about what would do the job safely? Can we use borax? Thanks for any advice.
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I don't know from personal experience but I seem to remember someone mentioned they used sodium bicarb and vinegar to clean sinks and toilets.
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At our last place we had a tank and I bough some eco sachets off the internet that you put in the loo once a month. It gave the good bacteria a boost and kept things 'moving'! I can't answer the vinegar/borax question but will try to find which sachets they were.
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I think they were called bio. Active (Hyphen between the words, no full stop or A) They have them on eeebayyy. Stick on in the loo on a night once a month and flush next morning (or whenever!)
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there is something called Drainzyme which is enzyme based & ok for septic tanks,
but its really something to use regularly & may not be strong enough to clear a
blockage. I tried the vinegar & bicarb thing, helped a bit, I've now bought a sink Wizard
drain clog tool which is basically a long wire thing with brushes on the end! Looks
perfect but we havent tried it yet.
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It may be the tank that is full. When was it last emptied?
If the surface water drains into it all this rain won't have helped either.
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t's only the bath, so I am pretty sure the tank's not full, Mo.

Thanks, all for the suggestions.
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I would check the tank, FR. My thinking is that the volume of water from the bath is far greater than say from a shower or wash basin. The shower or wash basin may not show a blockage because of this.

Have you tried using rods to clear?

You may not like this suggestion, but I was told that if you put, say, road kills in the tank it helps to keep the bacteria right..........I am running away now.........
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I use bleach in our toilets etc. You can use it without problems - ours actually has on the side of the bottle that it's OK for Septic Tanks...you can use it in moderate amounts without any probs....but you need to be really careful about drain cleaners because even a teaspoon of the wrong one can completely undo the balance
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Sorry folks - I didn't see the last couple of posts. Our shower is over the bath, so I still think the tank and all else is OK.

Road-kill? That's an interesting idea. Maybe if I stuffed it down the bath outlet.....

In this country, there isn't too much info on the bottles, probably because it's still only a small proportion of properties. We do use a bit of disinfectant, but to clear a blockage it would have to be quite a lot and - as you say - it needs to be the right one.

A plunger and a prod with rods has improved it but not completely, so might give the enzymes a go. Thanks for all suggestions.
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Anything worked yet, FR? Are you unblocked?
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A combination of eco soapy water and plunger has left us vastly improved, thanks, Gwen. I wasn't strong enough at a stretch to make a difference, but OH improved it a lot. Now for regular enzymes to finish the job. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

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