The Signs That You Have Blocked Drains
Blocked drains happen all the time around the Melbourne area as well as across the country, and the drains can become blocked pretty easily, luckily they can be caught and fixed pretty easily as well if you are on top of things that are. Blocked drains drains are a nightmare for homeowners, and no one wants to deal with them especially when they get really bad, so today we want to take a moment and show you some of the early warning signs that can alert you when you have blocked drains. Most blocked drains are easily overlooked because let’s be honest here, it takes time for a drain to back up and become apparent as a problem, but usually by this time the situation is much worse and could have been caught earlier if you knew the signs to watch out for.
- Monitor – Take a moment and monitor how your toilet, shower, and sinks are draining. If they are draining slowly, it is a pretty good indication that there is a block somewhere along the line. Watch the water in the shower as you flush the toilet, or keep an eye on the toilet water level as you run the sink faucet. If the waters rise when using another area you probably have a blocked drain somewhere. If all of these items are backed up at once, then your blockage is probably in the sewer drain itself.
- Use your sniffer – If you smell something unpleasant, you probably have a blockage. As the blocked drain accumulates debris, it begins to rot which in turn produces that nose wrinkling smell you can smell from the front door. The scent has been described as a sulphurous smell or likes rotten eggs as some would say. Now, there will be times you catch a whiff of something, and that could just be in passing so remember if you smell it once just take note, but if the smell continues or is stronger, then it’s time to look into it.
- Listen Closely – If your pipes and fixtures sound different than usual, you might have a blockage. Gurgling noises from the drains, toilet flushes, pipes, and plug holes can all be warning signs of an interior problem starting. The sound is created when the air is trapped in the pipes because of the blockage. This air is then displaced and pushed through the systems on the line.
While one of these “signs” might not necessarily indicate a problem but they are worth looking into, and if you have multiple signs then it is highly recommended you call your local plumbing professional and have them come take a look. Remember it’s easier and less expensive when you catch the problems early, rather than waiting until you can see the blockage (on the front lawn).