Your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room drains serve a sole purpose: to get rid of excess water. When your drains fail to operate as they should, you have to deal with an irritating — and sometimes costly — plumbing situation.
This guide lists four signs your home's drains are in need of professional plumbing attention. You will also learn what you can do to preserve your home's plumbing in the future.
1. Back-Flowing Drains
When a serious clog is blocking your drains, you will notice water starts to go down, then begins to fill back up into your sink or tub basin. Water that comes back up may have debris in it from a stubborn clog.
A back-flowing drain can be a serious issue. A clog blocking your pipes can eventually cause your plumbing lines to burst due to excess water pressure from water that can't flow through. If you notice this issue, call your plumber right away.
2. Smelly Drains
When drains start to get clogged with soap residue, oils, hair, or food particles, the bacteria that builds up inside your plumbing pipes will begin to emit a foul odor. You may notice your drains smell a lot like rotten eggs or something even worse.
Smelly drains are not just an embarrassing annoyance, they can be a health hazard as well. A bacteria-ridden drain can expose you and your family to salmonella and other dangerous bacteria. This is particularly true if you allow meat or other bacteria-prone products to rest in your sink when the drains don't work properly enough to whisk odors and germs away.
3. Slow Drains
A clog that doesn't entirely block a sewer line, or is so far down in your home's plumbing that water still drains successfully, can still be a problem in the home. Slow-moving water in your drains will soon become an issue.
If your drains are releasing water at a slower rate than you are used to or start to drain and suddenly stop, leaving standing water in your sink, tub, or laundry area, then you need to call a plumber for an inspection. In most cases, a clog is to blame; in others, an offending tree root or other pipe damage is the cause of your drainage issues.
4. Poor Flushing
Sometimes your drains aren't the problem, your toilet is. When a foreign object (such as a toothbrush, cotton swab, or another accidentally flushed item) clogs your toilet, it will begin to collect toilet paper and human waste around the caught debris. Eventually, your toilet will begin to flush slowly or have less water in the bowl.
Left untreated, a clogged toilet will overflow, causing your family to be exposed to harmful, tainted water. As soon as you suspect a toilet issue in the home, call your plumber right away.
Protecting Your Drains
Remove your drain covers and take out hair, food, and other debris from your drains periodically. Never flush food, oils, or items other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilet. Don't allow food to go down your kitchen sink unless you have a working garbage disposal.
You may want to avoid treating drain issues with store-bought chemicals, even if they are designed to remove and dissolve clogs. You may be simply masking plumbing problems rather than solving them, which can lead to more expensive issues with your home's plumbing. Instead, call your plumber for assistance if you have any future drain issues.
Your home's plumbing is important. If your drains are showing signs of problems, then don't hesitate to call for professional help. Our plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are licensed and insured. We can handle all of your home's plumbing and sewer needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment.