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Industry secrets to keeping your plumbing in tip-top condition

Updated: May 28


At Cork Drain & Septic Tank Cleaning, we pride ourselves on offering cutting-edge solutions for all your drain cleaning and septic tank cleaning requirements. With over 30 years of experience serving Cork and Munster, we have established ourselves as a reputable and reliable family-run company. Our team of highly trained and qualified professionals employs the most advanced equipment to deliver a wide range of services, ensuring the utmost customer satisfaction.


We are oftentimes asked why regular drain and septic tank cleaning matters, and we are also often asked how often both drains and septic tanks should be cleaned, which is why we thought it would be helpful to make a guide on drain and septic tank cleaning so that you can maintain a reliable waste plumbing system, whilst being environmentally responsible.


Drains are prone to clogging due to the accumulation of debris, grease, soap scum, and other substances over time. Regular drain cleaning is essential to prevent blockages, maintain proper water flow, and avoid potential plumbing disasters. Regular drain cleaning with hot water and domestic cleaning products will help keep your drain in good working order, however, they will need a professional cleaning from time to time. Call Cork Drain & Septic Tank Cleaning if you notice the following:

Slow drainage: If water is taking longer than usual to drain from sinks, bathtubs, or showers, it may be an indication of a clogged drain.

Foul odours: Unpleasant smells emanating from drains can be a sign of accumulated debris that needs to be cleaned. Oftentimes this is deep within the plumbing system, so it is best to call in the experts.

Gurgling sounds: strange noises coming from the drains suggest a blockage that requires attention which is unlikely to become unblocked by domestic products or tools.

Backed-up water: Water backing up into other fixtures when using a particular drain is a clear indication of a blockage.


There are over 165,000 households in Ireland that rely on septic tanks. A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system commonly used in rural areas in particular. It consists of a septic tank that collects and separates solid waste from wastewater. The wastewater is then distributed into the drain field, where it undergoes natural filtration before being released into the soil. It acts as an independent ecosystem which is why particular care should be taken with it.

Over time, solid waste accumulates in the septic tank, leading to sludge build-up. Regular septic tank cleaning is necessary to remove the accumulated sludge and prevent blockages in the system. Failure to hire a professional to regularly clean the septic tank can result in backups, foul odours, and even the contamination of groundwater, posing a risk to human health and the environment, so if you notice anything unusual with your plumbing, get in touch immediately with Cork Drain & Septic Tank Cleaning.


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