You may think a clogged drain is merely inconvenient. In fact, it’s much worse.
If you fail to get it fixed in time, you could see sewage backing up into your bathroom, kitchen, and anywhere else it can. This doesn’t only mean water damage to your property.
It also means that the whole area needs to be thoroughly sanitized. Besides that, there’s the smell, plus the cost to fix all of this.
But don’t worry. We’re about to teach you the most common warning signs of a clogged drain and what to do about them. Keep reading to find out what you need to know.
1. Slow Draining/Water Backing Up
You’re probably reading this post because you noticed slow draining from one or more drains in your home. This is the most obvious sign of a clogged drain, and usually, the first one noticed.
This is usually due to organic buildup that can be cleared away by properly cleaning out your drains. Here’s a useful guide on cleaning kitchen drains that can tell you what to do for this.
Unfortunately, an organic blockage isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the clog is caused by dental floss, tissues, and other matter that simply won’t flush down the drain.
In this instance, try a plunger (on any drain, not just toilets). If that doesn’t work, use a drain snake. But if none of this works, call a professional plumber to remove the blockage.
2. Stench From Drain
If you don’t notice slow draining, you’re not in the clear yet. For instance, if your drain smells really bad, it most likely means that there’s something rotten inside.
And rotting matter tends to grow mold or bacterial culture. Eventually, this will clog your drains, too. Use the same steps as in the last point to solve smelly drains.
The good news is, this is an early sign that happens before your drain becomes blocked. Still, that doesn’t mean that you should procrastinate in getting this issue fixed.
3. Gurgly Noises From Drain/Pipes
Lastly, water that’s blocked somewhere in the drainpipe makes a gurgly, bubbly noise. Every time the water manages to get through, air escapes upward. This air bubbles up through the rest of the blocked water, making a gurgling sound.
Our advice, in this case, is the same as before. If DIY methods don’t solve the problem, call a plumber to fix your drain issue.
Don’t Wait to Get Help For Your Clogged Drain
Did you notice one or more of these signs of a clogged drain? If so, don’t ignore them. Call a plumber right away before sewage starts backing up through the drains.
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