Clogged pipes are usually caused by the build-up of substances or due to items ending up in your pipes that shouldn’t be there.
Blockages can cause a build-up of harmful debris and significantly impact your plumbing system.
The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is significant damage to their drainage system.
This article will bring you through how Drain Pro finds and fixes the problem, signs to look out for, and ways to avoid clogged pipes.
How We Find & Fix The Problem
When Drain Pro arrives at your home, our expert plumbers will determine where the clog is located and how best to unclog it.
Based on where you noticed the signs happening, our plumber will have a good idea of where to begin the repair. For instance, if your bathroom sink is showing signs of slow drainage, our plumbers will use that as a starting point.
We use video inspection equipment to locate where in the pipe the clog is happening. This equipment allows us to look further into your pipe system to see where exactly the problem is.
Once we locate where and why the clog is happening, we assess the seriousness of the blockage and then decide on the proper equipment to use to fix the problem. The time it takes to fix a clogged pipe can vary depending on its location.
If the clog is located in an area that our plumbers can easily reach, then it could take as quickly as a few minutes to remove the clog. If the clog is deeper into the pipes, then it might take a few hours to locate and safely remove the clog.
Signs Of A Clogged Pipe
Early identification of a clogged pipe is an important part of making sure the clog doesn’t cause further harm to your pipes. Here are some signs of a clogged pipe to look out for:
One of the first signs of a clogged pipe is the rate at which your water is draining. Water entering your pipes should be able to flow freely. There might be built-up grime or soap causing this to happen.
If you’re experiencing slow draining as well as hearing a gurgling sound, this could mean that there is air trapped in your pipes. This air pocket is caused by a solid item blocking the pipe such as a toy or utensil.
If you’re noticing a change in how your toilet is flushing, this could be another sign that you have clogged pipes. This could be a result of too much toilet paper or other items that aren’t meant to be flushed.
Using a plunger is always a good first step, however, if the blockage is too far down the pipes, it won’t be of any use. Calling a professional plumber will be the best way to get your drain unclogged.
If you’re noticing any foul smells coming from the area near a drain, this could be another sign of a clogged pipe. It could be anything from, rotting food to a dead rodent. In this case, a professional plumber will be able to help you properly remove the blockage.
Water On Your Lawn
If you notice that your lawn is wet for no logical reason or water is pooling on your lawn, this is a definite sign that there is an issue with your pipes. This could be caused by plant or tree roots growing too close to your pipes or due to a serious clog that has happened.
This is a sign that more serious pipe damage has occurred, contact Drain Pro immediately so that they can assess the damage and get to work.
How To Avoid Clogging Your Pipes
The best way to avoid clogged pipes is to be mindful of what you put in them:
- Kitchen sink: Avoid putting food chunks or grease down the drain, dispose of those items using other methods.
- Bathroom drains: Avoid letting any hair or soap scum get into the pipe by placing a mesh catcher over the drain.
- Toilets: Don’t flush anything that is not meant to be flushed. Bulky or stringy material is not designed to properly pass through a toilet’s pipes.
Ignoring the signs of a clogged can result in some major damage to your pipes that needs to be taken care of properly.
Contact Drain Pro when you are experiencing a clogged pipe. Calling us will ensure the problem is properly located and fixed!