At first glance, a drainage problem may seem insignificant and you may hope that it goes away by itself, but unfortunately, they simply don’t. Unless you deal with it, your clogged drains will only get worse. It may even clog up the main sewer, and that becomes a costly, cumbersome, messy nightmare. The good news is that if you are vigilant, you will notice some tell-tale signs of sewer clogs. In this post, we’ll show you exactly what you need to look for.
Drain problems can be caused by a variety of issues; from drainage pipes that are too narrow, to clogs and other issues, your drains may not be diverting water fast enough, thus creating potentially damaging problems. Regular video sewer inspections, cleaning and maintenance can help alleviate many drain problems.
Warning Signs of Potential Drainage Problems
There are many different warning signs that you might have drainage problems, including:
1. wet soil or grass in areas surrounding drains or sewers,
2. water backing up in and around the home,
3. cracks in your home’s foundation,
4. water penetration into the walls,
5. slow draining sinks, tubs and toilets,
6. unusual sounds from your plumbing system,
7. unpleasant odors.
If your sewers and drains are emanating unpleasant odors, it is often a telltale sign that you may have a blockage. In the bathroom, blockages are caused by hair, skin particles, soap scum buildup and oils. It can also happen if unsuitable items are flushed down the drains, such as paper napkins, facial wipes, or other solid objects such as cell phones or toys (yes, we’ve seen that, and worse, before!). In the kitchen, fats, oils and grease (FOGs) are the most common causes of drain problems, followed by food particles. If you have both unpleasant drain smells and slow draining sinks or tubs, it is time to call in the professionals.
Slow draining is a clear indicator that there is an obstruction. It will often make sucking sounds when there is an obstruction in the drain. Trapped air in the drain will cause gurgling sounds, while foundation cracks can indicate drainage leaks.
Water pushing up into the drain (or in other drains in the house), also known as resurgence is a bad sign. It could indicate a sewer main backup. Localized flooding is a real danger, and it will often come with moisture on the walls.
The good news is that you can prevent the occurence (and recurrence) of common drain problems by taking a few pro-active steps:
Planting plants and trees with large root systems far away from drain pipes.
Cleaning your drain system regularly.
Installing sink strainers.
If you have large trees and plants with large root systems, it is vital to call Anta Plumbing . There are things that we can do to help prevent the roots from entering your drain system. If When you plant more trees, be sure to do so far away from your drainage pipes.
Regular cleeaning of your drain system is vital to keeping it in optimal functioning condition. Speak to Anta Plumbing about Hydro Jetting. We will blast away FOGs and other buildup and debris from the inside of your pipes, leaving them squeeky clean and in perfect working order.
Sink strainers will catch any hair, bits of soap and other items that may clog your drains. And as an added bonus: It will catch your wedding ring, ir you accidentally drop that down the drain.
If is important to stop drainage problems in their track to prevent it from causing major, costly issues. Let us help you. Get in touch with Anta Plumbing today.