8 Signs That Your Drains Need Checked By A Professional

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Clogged drains, and their associated pipes are some of the most common plumbing problems affecting homeowners. It can often seem like a minor problem, but clogged drains can actually lead to some pretty devastating damage to your pipes, sewer system, and property. A blocked drain could be anything from food build-up in the sink to a collapsed pipe further down the system. You don’t want to call out the professionals to deal with a minor problem, understandably, but then again, you’re never quite sure when to call in the experts. In this article, you’ll find out exactly when  and why you should call a drainage professional to address drain blockages and other issues.

As soon as you notice early problems with drains and drainage the better. The faster a problem is detected the easier it can often be to resolve and the less likely it is that you will have other associated damage to deal with.

So, if you believe your drain may be becoming blocked, it’s essential to diagnose the problem and get it fixed as soon as possible – here are 8 signs that your drains need to be checked by a professional:

No. 1 – Slow Draining Sinks and Bathtubs and Appliances

If you notice that the water in your washbasin, toilet, bath or shower is draining slowly, it’s one of the most evident symptoms that the drain is blocked. The water may not flow out at all if the obstruction is very severe. If only one of these fixtures is having problems, the obstruction is most likely limited to a pipe that is attached to that particular appliance. If, on the other hand, every fixture seems to be backed up, the obstruction is probably somewhere in the sewer drain.

No. 2 – Noisy, Gurgling Sounds From Drains

Unusual noises coming from your fixtures and pipes may also be a sign of a clog. Gurgling noises coming from your drains, pipes, or plug holes are typically early warning indicators. A blocked drain can also be indicated by a different sound coming from your toilet flush than usual. When air becomes stuck in the pipes due to a clog, it is either displaced or forced through the system, which is why your drains may make strange noises.

No. 3 – Foul Odours / Smells

Unpleasant smells emanating from your drains are a telltale sign that something is wrong. You’ll definitely know if there’s something that’s rotting and clogging the drain. The majority of us are accustomed to the smell of eggs due to drainage problems. Because a buildup of food waste, biological waste (like hair), and other impurities can often cause clogs at home. These products have the potential to accumulate and turn into a haven for germs. The sulfuric, “eggy” smell is caused by hydrogen sulphide, which is subsequently produced by this bacteria.

No. 4 – Water Backing Up

When water starts backing up into sinks, tubs, or showers, you may be tempted by off the shelf drain unblockers and other DIY efforts but backups are a clear indication that there is a significant blockage in the drainage system. This issue can quickly lead to overflows and water damage if not addressed promptly, so don’t waste time by trying to clear it yourself, get it looked at by a professional ASAP.

No. 5 – Frequent Clogs and Backups

If you find yourself constantly dealing with clogged drains, even after attempting to clear them with chemical drain cleaners or a plunger, it’s time to call in a professional. A decent indicator of the problem’s scope can be found in the toilet. In the event that flushing the toilet results in the shower’s water rising, or if running the taps causes the toilet’s water to rise, the issue is unquestionably a blocked drain. Recurring clogs may indicate a more deep-seated issue, such as a broken or damaged pipe, tree root intrusion, or a poorly designed plumbing system.

No. 6 – Multiple Clogged Drains

If you notice that multiple drains in your home are clogged or draining slowly, it could be a sign of a more extensive problem in your main sewer line or septic system. This issue requires the expertise of a professional plumber to diagnose and resolve the underlying cause.

No. 7 – Visible Mould or Mildew

If you notice mould or mildew growth around your drains or in areas where water accumulates, it could be a sign of a more serious issue with your drainage system. Mould and mildew thrive in damp, dark environments and can pose health risks if left unchecked.

No. 8 – Unexplained Water Spots, Stains or Puddles

Water spots or stains on walls, ceilings, or floors near drains can be an indication of a leak or backup in your plumbing system. Another sign of a blocked drain could be any water-based equipment that when in use, causes areas of water or puddles to appear. In light of this, it would be wise to look for any indications of rising water in the manhole covers and external drains on your property. But make sure you only ever do this from the outside, as the possibility of bacteria and harmful gases makes manhole entry extremely perilous.

Ignoring these eight signs that your drains could be blocked can lead to more significant and costly problems further down the line. It’s essential to have a professional plumber inspect and diagnose the issue to prevent further damage and ensure the proper functioning of your drainage system. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to any potential problems can save you from costly repairs and headaches in the long run.