No home owner wants to have a drain in their house that clogs up or drains so slow that it is leaving a few inches of water at the bottom of the shower or tub. There are many different reasons for slow moving drains, from something as simple as an object that was accidentally knocked down the drain, to as extensive as damage in the sewer line that connects the home’s plumbing to the cities sewer line.
If you are having issues with a clogged drain, you would much rather it be something simple and easy to fix. It is important to be aware of the possibility of a major sewer line issue. You will need plumbers to handle any sewer line issues, and you may also need them to handle stubborn clogs. Let us look a little closer at the signs of how bad a slow or clogged drain could be.
The Do It Yourself Routine
When you first encounter a drain in your home that is not draining correctly, the first instinct may be to reach for a plunger or a hand cranked drain snake. Do not, under any circumstance, reach for a chemical drain cleaner. These will do damage to your drain pipes. If you do just have a basic clog, then these tools can often clear out the drain. If they can not, or the clogs are reoccurring over and over with time, you either have a much tougher clog or bigger problems in the drainage system or main sewer line for your home.
Having Multiple Drains with Issues
A major warning sign that a drain problem is bigger than the basic clog is if one or more drains are clogged or draining slowly at the same time. If the first drains that start to clog are located in the lowest parts of the house, then you probably have a sewer line that is clogged up or possibly damaged. Having multiple drain clogs can also indicate trouble with blocked drain vents, these are the vents located on your roof, we have discussed this in another article before. Either way, this is something that needs to be addressed by a licensed professional plumber.
Drains Smell Bad ?
When a main sewer line is clogged up with debris or tree roots grow into it, like a Weeping Willow, these trees are notorious for this, one of the early warning signs of the trouble is a backup of sewer gas that will start to waft up through the drains. So if your drains are not only clogged or slow but also emitting a very horrible smell, we recommend getting a professional plumber on the job immediately . Even if it is not the sewer line, you have got a major plumbing problem somewhere in your drain system.
Cleaning Out Basic Clogs
If you are lucky enough to only have standard clogs causing trouble in your drainpipes, then we still recommend you calling for a professional plumber for drain cleaning. Professional plumbers can eliminate the toughest clogs without damaging the piping material, and the thorough cleaning process will make it less likely for clogs to return.
To arrange for drain cleaning in the middle Tennessee area, give us a call at 615-864-9459 and our plumbing specialist can come out and asses your unique situation. We have the best tools to get any job done.