- In order to keep your drains operating at full capacity, you need to keep them cleared
- Clogs and buildup can eventually lead to damage and costly repairs
- A professional plumber can help you solve all of these issues
The drain and sewer system is probably the most important system in your home. Think about it: You use the drains and pipes every time you shower, wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, or flush the toilet. With all that work and use it’s very common for pipes and drains to develop clogs and buildup. In order to keep your drains operating at full capacity, you need to keep them cleared of obstructions and cleaned.
Signs Your Drain Needs Some Maintenance
Clogs and buildup can eventually lead to damage and costly repairs. It’s important to catch clogs as early as possible. Other factors can contribute to inefficient water systems, too. Here are some things to look out for:
- Slow drains. A slow draining sink can indicate a localized clog. However, if several water fixtures aren’t draining as they should, you probably have a clog somewhere along the sewer line. In most cases, you can use hot water and a mild detergent or vinegar and baking soda to flush the drain and clear the clog. If this doesn’t work, then you should contact a professional plumber.
- It’s not uncommon for rats and bugs to wriggle their way through cracks in pipes. Their presence can lead to a slow or malfunctioning water system. If you suspect pests are the cause of your drain problems, you should call a professional plumber.
- High water bills. If you receive a water bill that seems unusually high, it’s probable that you have a leak somewhere. If you suspect a leak, make an appointment with a plumber who can perform a camera inspection of the pipes.
- Sewage backup. If sewage begins to back up into one or several of your water fixtures you need to contact a plumber immediately. If one fixture is affected it’s likely an isolated problem, with several fixtures you could be looking at a larger issue.
- Foul odors. When the smell of sewage begins to infiltrate your home, you know you’ve got a problem. This usually indicates a crack along the sewer line and you will need to bring in a professional plumber.
- Mold and mildew. Mold and mildew should not be underestimated. If you smell something musty or moldy, contact a plumber as soon as possible. Mold and mildew can be bad for your health and, if not dealt with promptly, can lead to bigger issues. Mold and mildew usually indicate a leak.
A professional plumber can help you solve all of these issues. They will perform a video inspection procedure that shows them exactly where the problem is and the nature of the issue. Then, for clogs, they will use a drain snake to grab or dislodge whatever is clogging your drain. For bigger problems, they can help determine the best solution and perform any necessary work and repairs.
If you suspect you have a problem with your drain, we can help! Contact us today!