All drains lead to the ocean? Well, that’s not entirely true. All of the drains in your home lead to the same waste pipe which transports wastewater from your home to your city’s sewer system which then transports wastewater to a treatment facility. From the treatment facility, the water is treated and then returned to local waterways. The entire system runs rather smoothly – that is, unless there is a blockage somewhere along the way.
Blockages can occur at any point along water’s journey from your home back the waterway which serves as the water’s source. From the drains and pipes in your home to the city sewer system, there is potential for waste and debris to disrupt the flow of water and wastewater.
When a blockage does occur, the result damage can be quite costly.
The Dirty Truth About Clogged Drains and Pipes
When the pipes in your home become blocked, it prevents waste from being expelled from your home. The blockage tends to build at the site of the clog and can worsen to the point where waste that has been flushed or washed down drains has nowhere to go which results in it making its way back up your pipes to overflow and flood your home with dirty wastewater.
Floods, even small ones which result from a blocked toilet or clogged drain in your sink, can be damaging enough. When you consider that blocked pipes lead to a backup of wastewater, there is a pretty big “ick factor” to the entire plumbing problem.
So, what should you do to ensure that what you flush and wash away stays away? Watching out for signs indicative of partially blocked pipes and drains will help you solve the problem before it becomes an even bigger (and more icky) problem.
How to Tell if Your Pipes and Drains are Partially Blocked
There is an Unpleasant Odour Coming From Your Drains:
When your drains and pipes are blocked, or partially blocked, a strange smell may be present around drains and other plumbing as water becomes trapped in your pipes and becomes stagnant. In addition to stagnant water, solid waste will become trapped as well. Without going into too many of the gory details, suffice it to say that solid debris will begin to decompose and the resulting odour will be less-than-pleasant.
There is a Strange Noise When Water Drains:
If you suspect that you might have a problem with blocked pipes or drains in your home, fill your sink or bathtub with water and then pull the plug and listen closely to the sound of the water draining. If you hear gurgling sounds, or any other strange noises as the water flows through your pipes, it could be a sign of a blockage.
The Water Drains Too Slow:
Slow drainage is probably the most noticeable sign that you’ve got a problem with your pipes. If you find that, as you shower, water tends to accumulate at your feet, or, while brushing your teeth, your bathroom sink fills water, this is a very clear sign that there is something wrong with your pipes and you likely have a blockage somewhere along the line.
If you find that you’re experiencing any of the signs that your drains or pipes are blocked, it’s important to take the steps necessary to ensure that the problem doesn’t worsen. You’ll need to take action.
What Should You Do if Your Pipes are Blocked?
If you think that your plumbing problem lies in something as simple as a clogged drain, there are a number of products on the market which you can use to solve the problem. You can also try removing the debris from the drain yourself.
For problems which lie deeper in your pipes, trying to solve the problem yourself could lead to more extensive damage. Instead, it’s a good idea to contact a professional plumber who will be able to diagnose the problem, unclog any blockages and replace any damaged pipes, before they become an even bigger and more costly issue.
If you’ve got plumbing problems, Plumbers Express can help. To find out how our team of expert plumbers will help you contact us now.