Don't wait until a drain is completely clogged before giving it attention. Even if it's still functioning somewhat, drain cleaning likely needs to top the to-do list for your home. Here are five ways to determine if it's time to have your drains cleaned.
1. Slow Draining
Do you notice that water drains more slowly than usual? Monitor your washing machine, your kitchen drains and your shower to see if the drainage seems extra sluggish. If so, you likely have a buildup in the pipe. Schedule a drain cleaning before a slow drain turns into a full-blown clog.
2. Standing Water Accumulation
While a slow drain signals a potential issue, standing water in your shower, washing machine or sink demonstrates that your drainage problem has worsened. If you notice that any of these places are often filled with water that never drains, it's time to call a plumber immediately.
3. Unusual Noises
If a drain is clogged, the water running through the surrounding pipes will not behave as it should. Instead, the water will have to change course or push itself through small spaces. If you hear gurgling or bubbling sounds when you flush the toilet or turn on the sink, for example, you likely have a draining issue.
4. Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are a real nuisance, and it seems they suddenly materialize overnight. If you see a sudden increase in the number of fruit flies in your home, they are likely attracted by the food waste building up in your drain. Drain cleaning can likely take care of the problem (and banish pesky fruit flies).
5. An Unpleasant Smell
If your drains are functioning improperly, then sewage and waste can build up in the pipes. Especially in the hotter months, this waste can fester in the pipes, sending a strong odor into the adjacent rooms. Any gas smell coming from your drains should be investigated immediately.
The Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning
You may think that you can clean a clogged pipe yourself. However, these methods of cleaning pipes are often only short-term or inadequate solutions. Some solutions may help you remove minor clogs, but without expert assistance, you're never sure if you're truly eradicating the problem. What if the clogged drain returns in a few days?
For greater peace of mind when it comes to drain cleaning, call in the professionals at Pink Plumber. Our video inspection lets us know exactly what's causing your clog, whether blockages, cracks or collapsed pipes. After we've inspected your system, we may offer the Hydro Jetter to remove excessive buildup from the drain. Hiring a professional is the difference between wondering whether a DIY solution actually worked and knowing your clogged drain issues are gone for good.