Thank Your Plumbers — For Real!

Thank Your Plumbers — For Real!

Signs It Is Time For Residential Drain Cleaning

by Bill Turner

Free-flowing drains ensure smooth and efficient removal of untreated wastewater and sewage from your home. When they stop working correctly due to a blockage, they can bring your daily household chores, such as cooking and cleaning, to a grinding halt. 

As a homeowner, you should continually look for signs of blocked drains so you can take corrective action within a reasonable time. Prompt intervention ensures clogs are cleared before they lead to big problems, such as leaks, flooding, and contamination, which can cause extensive damage.

Schedule a residential drain cleaning service if your drains exhibit the following trouble signs.

Slow Drainage

Slow drains are by far the most common sign of blocked drains. If the water from a drain fixture, such as a sink, toilet, tub, or shower takes longer than usual to disappear from the opening in the fixture, the drain is probably clogged. 

Before you schedule a drain cleaning service, you should investigate whether the problem affects a specific drain or the drains in your entire home. If you're experiencing slow drainage throughout the house, you will need a sewer line cleaning rather than a drain cleaning service, which only focuses on the troublesome drains.

Sewer Odors

Your home's wastewater drainage system features a vent stack pipe that protrudes through the roof of your house. This pipe serves two primary functions:

  1. To maintain equal air pressure so that solid waste can move downward without pulling water from the drain traps
  2. To release sewer gasses into the outside environment

If there's a blockage in your drain system, the vent pipe can become blocked, preventing the free movement of noxious sewer fumes to the outside environment. Consequently, these fumes may force their way up through the drain fixture openings, affecting your home's indoor air quality.

If you notice sewer odors inside your home, chances are you need to clean your drains to clear vent-blocking debris.

Gurgling Noises

If you hear a gurgling sound every time you run a sink, toilet, tub, or other water fixtures in your home, you could be in for drainage trouble. 

The gurgling sound indicates that some air is trying to come up through the drain fixture openings because of a nonworking vent pipe. The noise may be accompanied by foul sewer smells. 

Your drains are a critical part of your domestic plumbing system. If you notice the signs of blockage issues, bring in a fully trained and highly experienced plumber before things quickly spiral out of control.

Contact a company like Ericson's  Plumbing LLC to learn more.


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Thank Your Plumbers — For Real!

When you have a plumber come work on your home, we hope you thank them. Really, you should be thanking any contractor who works on your home, but we are a little partial to plumbers and happen to think they deserve a little more recognition. After all, the stuff inside the pipes they work on doesn't usually smell very good. And even though they wear gloves, they have to get pretty close to it! If you would like to learn a little more about plumbers, then we invite you to read this blog. After learning the basics, you'll really want to thank your plumbers!