There is nothing worse than waking up first thing in the morning to the smell of sewer or stagnant water from a blocked drains or pipes within your household.
A blockage in your kitchen sink, bathroom drain or the drains in your outdoor entertaining area can not only be unhygienic but also a costly and disruptive experience. A blocked drain requires immediate attention and if not attended to quickly, could end up costing you a lot of money.
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If you suspect you might have a blocked drain in your home or business, it’s best to entrust a professional at Manariti Plumbing. Common signs of a blocked drain include:
- Blocked drains can generate bad smells
- A significant drop in water pressure could be caused by blocked drains
- A change in toilet water level (higher or lower)
- Kitchen or toilet drains that are slow to empty
- Strange gurgling noises when water is emptying down the drain
Septic & Sewer Problems
Septic and sewer problems are amongst the most commonly encountered domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing jobs. A damaged, blocked, or clogged sewer drain or septic system can stop toilets and other fixtures from working properly, and can even result in a back-up of sewerage material which results in flooding and hazardous spills. Sewer drains are probably the most important element of modern plumbing systems, as they remove hazardous waste material from our buildings and ensure that the clean water supply is not polluted with waste particles.
What causes blocked drains?
A blocked sewer can also result in waste water and material coming up through floor drains, as these are the lowest point in your plumbing system. When water builds up in the system due to a blockage, it will start to flow back out through the lowest point. If you don’t have floor drains, then material may flow back up through the bathtub drain, shower drain, or toilet, as these are the next lowest fixtures in your plumbing system.
Due to the heavy use they receive, sewers are prone to a variety of problems, the most common of which is a blockage or clog in the sewer drain.
Signs of a blocked drain
If you’re concerned about a blockage, here are a few signs to look for:
A slowly draining sink or bathtub.
A slow drain can be the first sign of a problem. This often happens when they diameter of the pipe is constricted by a thickening layer of grime and soap, of because of a blockage somewhere in a pipeline.
A stinky smell.
An unpleasant smell can come before a slow drain, potentially, but is a sign of a problem. It could be caused by several things: rotten food in a kitchen sink or drain, even a small rodent in another area of the drain and sewer system connections.
Water on your lawn, or plants growing near your sewer line.
This is a little different from the other signs, as those occur inside the home and these are obvious outside. If you have found a puddle in your lawn, you’ll want to have a professional come in to evaluate the drain and take action to remove the clog or damage from the sewer line. Foliage and trees growing near the sewer line can create big problems because the root systems can damage the sewer and water lines underground.
Toilets that back up instead of flush.
These blockages are often caused by too much toilet paper going down, or more commonly, the wrong things being flushed down the toilet (like a small child’s toy or female sanitary products). This is serious because the item blocking the drain could damage the pipeline, or lead to damage to your bathroom as the water comes out of the bowl. If a plunger doesn’t help, you should probably call a professional to examine the pipes and drain system.
Drains that gurgle.
The gurgling noise means that air is trapped somewhere in the plumbing. This could be caused by buildups in the drain, like grease, food, and oil. Food deposits may not always be easy to remove with drain cleaner – sometimes a professional’s high-powered tools, like a hydro-jetter, can sometimes improve the interior of the pipe at the same time as they remove the clog causing the problem. Damage to the sewer line could be another reason for gurgling in a drain. This issue is far more serious than a clog, and usually requires a professional to safely fix the problem. Yet another reason for gurgling noises in a drain is a blockage in the vent pipe that attaches to the drain pipe and goes to the roof to let sewer gas escape the system. If these are not taken care of, you could find that sewer backs up into the drain system.
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