Clogged drains are usually pretty easy to fix, even if you have to call in a drain cleaning company like Abbott’s Plumbing. The sooner you take care of them, the easier they are to clear out. We always recommend contacting a drain cleaning company at the first sign of a clog. Of course, you need to know what those signs are in order to take action. Here are some common warning signs of clogged drains so you can be prepared for what’s to come.
Slow Water Drainage
Do you feel like water is going down your drain a lot slower than it normally does? Have you always had a slow drain? While some of this may be caused by the type of plumbing you have, it may also be caused by a clog somewhere in the system. Removing the clog will allow your water to drain much faster from your sink or bathtub.
Foul Odors in the Drain
Does your sink or tub smell less-than-pleasant? That may be due to a clog. In the case of the kitchen sink, it is wise to run the garbage disposal with the water running to get rid of old food that may be causing the odor. You can also run some dish soap or lemon juice down the disposal drain to clear out the smell. If the odor persists or it is in a different area of the plumbing, you may need to contact someone for drain cleaning services.
If your drains make a gurgling noise when liquids go down, that may be because the liquid is trying to get around a clog. Air bubbles trapped below the clog are popping up through the water while it tries to pass through the piping. Gurgling indicates that there is at least some water flow happening, but it may not be nearly as much as you want it to be. Drain cleaning could solve this problem and maximize your drainage solutions.
Food Particles in the Sink after Running the Dishwasher
If you ever have unexpected food particles in your sink after running your dishwasher, it may be because of a clog. This has more to do with your garbage disposal than the drain itself, but it’s still an indication of an issue that needs to be dealt with. Once again, you may be able to resolve this by running the garbage disposal and letting it drain out any food that may be trapped inside. Otherwise, you should have it looked at by a plumber.
Safe Ways to Clear out Clogged Drains
If you want to try cleaning out the drain on your own, you could use a plunger to loosen up the clog. This doesn’t always work, but it may be enough to force the clog loose and push it through the piping. Another option is to clean out hair or other debris that may be clogging the drain near the surface. That’s only if you can reach the issue though. Avoid putting harsh chemicals down your drain as they could damage your plumbing and cause costly repairs later on.
The team here at Abbott’s Plumbing is always available to lend a helping hand. Give us a call when you need professional drain cleaning services.