A clogged drain is one of the most typical plumbing issues you'll face as a homeowner. There are many reasons why your drains can become clogged, but they all have one thing in common: they're inconvenient to fix. That is why we advise you to hire a plumber to come out and fix the problem. The question is, how can you tell if your drain is clogged or not? Continue reading to discover the most typical indicators of a clogged drain.
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They say time heals all wounds, but when it comes to clogged drains, time will only exacerbate the problem, causing significant damage to the drain or even causing it to overflow. As a result, it makes sense to move fast and take the required steps to resolve the issue before it worsens.
Various elements, dirt, and other items might build up in your drain over time. These eventually cause a clog, preventing your plumbing from functioning correctly. If left unaddressed, this might lead to severe damage to your available system in the future. To avoid this, we recommend you keep an eye out for these typical drain blockage warning signals.
KNOW HOW TO UNCLOG DRAINS:
UNEXPLAINED PUDDLES IN THE GARDEN:
Have you ever observed puddles in your garden even though it hasn't rained in a long time? You could have a deep clog in your drain. Tree roots can cause clogs in your pipes and cause significant damage to your plumbing system. Always keep an eye on the state of your garden. Stillorgan Drains should be contacted if strange puddles are discovered.
YOUR TOILET DOESN'T FLUSH
If your Toilet won't flush, this is the most common indicator of a plugged drain. This could be due to a blockage in the Toilet's pipes, but it could also be due to a clog further down the system. If a plunger or auger fails to clear the clog, a plumber should be consulted for a drain cleaning. A blocked toilet should never be taken lightly, and if left ignored, it could cause severe problems throughout the system.
THERE'S A FOUL ODOUR COMING FOR YOUR DRAINS
Drains may smell for a short time after you flush or wash something down them, but a drain with a persistent stench is trying to communicate with you. Bacteria can build up in pipes, especially if food is stuck. A rodent may have attempted to climb through the pipes and become stuck in some circumstances. If a horrible stench is coming from your drain and it isn't going away, you should consult a specialist.
YOUR DRAINS GURGLE
Aside from the scent of your drains, you should also listen for peculiar gurgling sounds. A gurgling drain indicates that air is trapped in your plumbing due to an obstruction. A clogged vent stack or an issue in the main sewer system line could also be the source of the gurgling. Whatever the problem is, obnoxious gurgling drains must be addressed.
Water that takes a long time to drain, particularly in the sink, bathtub, or shower, is another telltale symptom of a blockage. Clogs are frequently produced by soap scum or other pollutants we wash away from our bodies. These blockages are relatively innocuous and simple to remove. Still, if you're hesitant, calling a plumber is never a bad idea.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Before seeking expert assistance, you can try a variety of solutions to try to solve the problem.
If only one fixture in the house is clogged, it may be simple to fix. Hair can become stuck in showers, while food and other items can get stuck in sinks. Fill the plunger with water (this helps to put more force on the cause of the blockage and commence plunging) and press and pull vigorously for around 30 seconds if you think that's the case. If the water begins to drain slowly, further plunging will be required. If the water drains fast, the blockage has been removed. If nothing works, try putting a little baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar into the plughole.
TACKLING THE OUTSIDE DRAINS
If all of your house's fixtures appear to be blocked, you have an issue with the exterior drain. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty (literally), we recommend donning the proper protective gear (gloves, mask, and some old clothes) and reaching for your drain rods.
The drain cover must first be removed, which can be done using a screwdriver or a handle if one is present. If it still won't budge, wrap a rope around the handle and pull it to gain the leverage you require.
Take a look inside the drain now. If the drain chamber is packed with water, the blockage is in the room itself. If the chamber is empty, the blockage has already occurred someplace else. You must proceed until you reach a section that is neither full nor empty.
It's now time to grip the drain rods and try to clear the clog while wearing your safety gloves. Once you've felt the blockage, continue to push the rod through while rotating it clockwise. This should clear the clog and remove any accumulated grease or filth.
Then, to see if the obstruction is fully gone, run some fresh water through it.
Sometimes only a professional will do
Unfortunately, the obstruction is difficult to remove in many circumstances, necessitating professional drain clearing. When you need expert help, we provide a drain clearance service in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex, which clears drains of encrustations, obstructions, tree roots, and any other blocking or debris. Please get in touch with us right away to speak with a local engineer.
Drain clogs are more annoying than harmful, but we recommend hiring Stillorgan Drains to deal with them as soon as possible. What starts as a tiny annoyance can quickly escalate into an extensive (and costly) repair.
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