Household drains are like any other appliance in your home. Right when you least expect it, something goes wrong. Professional drain cleanings usually don’t come to mind until there’s a plumbing emergency. So when do you know it’s time to have a cleaning performed if there’s no current crisis? We’ve compiled five common signs that it may be time to give Mr. Plumber a call for a drain cleaning:
Delayed drainage is when your drain is unable to remove wastewater at the rate it should. You may notice your sinks taking longer than normal to drain, or you find remaining water in your washer after a load of laundry.
An all-too-obvious problem, drains working slowly is a sign of an obstruction in your pipes. This is typically caused by a build-up of:
- Food particles
It’s best to call for professional drain cleaning services rather than wait for it to clear up on its own.
Another sign it’s time for a cleaning is a backup of water. Standing water is water that refuses to drain, no matter how little or how much water there is. If left for too long, this water can emit a foul-smelling odor. Water backups can occur anywhere, including:
- Washing machine
- Shower/ Bathtub
This is usually a problem with the drain line. The water has nowhere else to go, so it leaks and remains in the aforementioned areas. If any of these areas seem to always be filled with water that won’t go down the drain, it’s a major sign that your pipes need a drain cleaning ASAP.
If your plumbing doesn’t sound right, it usually means there’s something wrong. From clanks in your pipes to gurgling and bubbling from your drains, these are sounds you can’t blame on the wind. They could be signs of a serious problem, such as a build-up of foreign objects. The moment you hear a weird noise, consider calling a professional plumber.
A bad smell is almost always a sure sign that there’s a problem. While unpleasant, it’s a major red flag that your drains are in need of cleaning. A sewage smell is caused by sewer gas or waste sitting in your pipes.
Flushing your toilets will only cause the waste to fester, which can be worse in the humid San Antonio heat. As soon as you smell something unpleasant and identify it as coming from your pipes, schedule a drain cleaning right away.
Fruit and Filter Flies
All the previously mentioned waste and sewage build-up will quickly attract flies to buzz around your pipes and drains. Fruit flies may only be annoying at first, but they can quickly become a health hazard if they crowd in your kitchen near your food. Of course, fruit flies are also attracted to rotten fruit or forgotten soda cans, so it’s best to ensure they’re more attracted to your pipes before assuming it’s a plumbing issue.
Another pest you may see because of clogged drains are filter flies, also known as drain flies. These insects breed in drains and septic tanks. These tiny flies are attracted to clogged drains and are most likely to be seen in your bathroom if they’ve made a home in your drains.
Leave it to the Mr. Plumber Professionals
For the best San Antonio drain clearing, turn to Mr. Plumber. Our drain clearing services are sure to eliminate any and all problems you may be experiencing, be it a foul smell or standing water. Don’t let a small problem evolve into an emergency. Contact us today!