How Can You Tell When Your Drains Are Blocked?

How Can You Tell When Your Drains Are Blocked?

Apart from the obvious signs such as an overflowing toilet, or sink, there are some early-warning signs that you can look out for which typically indicate you may have a potential issue with your drainage system.

Remember, prevention is better than cure, so the quicker you act, the less disruption your drainage issue will cause.

Slow Draining Water

If you have noticed that your sink, bath, or toilet are draining slower than usual, this is typically a tell-tale sign that you have a blockage. If you have tried plunging, but the issue persists, then this could indicate a more serious problem deeper within your drainage system.

While it could just be a simple blockage, it could also be caused by a collapsed pipe. So it’s best to get it checked out by a professional drainage company to be sure.

Bad Smells Emanating from Your Drains

Believe it or not, a properly functioning drainage system shouldn’t smell bad, so if you’ve started to notice a foul-smelling odor coming from your drains, this is usually a sign of a blockage caused by food debris. Because the debris isn’t draining away, over time it will slowly decompose and cause the bad smell.

If you’ve tried the supermarket drain unblocking chemicals, but the smell persists, this is usually an indication that the debris is stuck deeper within your drainage system and will require the use of drain snakes, or high-pressure jetting to clear the blockage. If in doubt call us out!

Higher Than Normal Water Levels

Have you noticed the water level in your toilet is higher than usual after it’s flushed? This could be an early indication of a blocked toilet. Dealing with an overflowing sink is one thing, but an overflowing toilet is an extremely unpleasant situation, not to mention potential health risks posed to your family or employees.

While we’d first recommend trying to clear the blockage yourself with a plunger, if the water level still remains high, it’s best to call a professional London drain unblocking company to quickly clear the blockage.

Strange Noises Coming from Your Drains

While some noises from your drains can be completely normal, if you’ve noticed any sounds that are different than normal, this could be a sign of a blockage. Every drain system should have a vent so gas and air can escape, allowing wastewater to flow freely. A gurgling or bubbling sound is typically a result of air or gas bubbles being trapped in your drain lines because they can’t reach your plumbing vent.

Again, if you’ve tried any of the DIY drain unblocking methods, but the issue persists, it’s usually more cost effective to call in a professional drainage engineer to tackle the problem.

Suffering from a potential drainage problem? Maybe it’s time to call in the professionals!

Here at Flo-Well, we understand first-hand just how stressful a drainage problem can be on your household or business. Which is why we recommend acting fast at the first signs of a problem to help ensure your drainage issue doesn’t develop into something more serious.

The sooner you detect the potential drainage issue, the less disruption it is likely to cause to your day-to-day life. So, if you’ve noticed any of the signs above and think you might be suffering from a blocked drain in London or the surrounding areas, contact our friendly team today for free drainage advice.

Remember, it’s always better to prevent a drainage issue from happening in the first place, than it is to deal with it after it becomes a bigger problem. If you’re wondering how to keep your drainage system in full-working order, check out our post about how often you should clean your drains, for some top tips.

Remember, our team of professional drainage engineers are on call 24/7, so if you’re suffering from a drainage problem, contact us today, and we can be on-site fixing the issue within two hours.

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