How to Tell if Your Drain Needs to be Repaired or Replaced
Home improvements can be the most expensive, yet the most fulfilling. One improvement that should be on top of your list is drain replacement. It is an important part of drain management to keep your drains running smoothly.
We rely on our drains every single day and blocked drainage in the toilet, kitchen, or anywhere else in the house can be very disturbing, frustrating, and extremely inconvenient.
It is very important not to ignore the warning signs for drain problems.
When Do Your Drains Need Your Attention
1. Slow Draining
Keep an eye on your sinks, baths, and toilets, because the first thing people notice when they experience drain problems is sluggish draining in these areas.
Most common signs of slow draining include:
- Running water that takes a long time to go down the plughole
- Backing up from the pipes into your sink or bath
- Sluggish draining in your sink, toilet, and bath
A clogged drain usually indicates that there is pipe damage and would almost always require pipe replacement. Make sure that you are able to sort a slow drain issue before the problem becomes worse.
The most common areas affected by drain issues are the bathrooms and kitchen sinks because the buildup is often caused by the following items washed down the drain:
- Soap scum
- Cooking oil
- Cosmetic products
The build-up narrows the width of the pipes, causing the water to drain away more slowly. When you encounter slow draining, regular drain cleaning will help keep things flowing nicely.
Here are some ways you can fix minor and major clogs in your drainage pipes:
- Use a plunger, metal snake tool, or drain cleaner.
- Make your own drain unblocker using household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar; simply pour down the clogged drain, leave it to sit for around 15 minutes, and then flush the drains with boiling water.
- High-pressure water jetting where powerful streams of water are able to blast through a clog or push whatever is clogging the pipe down the line.
- Contact a professional drain contractor who can use advanced methods of quickly and accurately unclogging with the use of a CCTV drain survey.
2. Unpleasant Odors
A bad drain smell can be the first sign that your drain is not functioning properly. The bad smell can be caused by different situations like:
- Buildups of unpleasant waste such as hair, cooking grease, soap, or food waste.
- A missing or malfunctioning soil vent pipe (a vertical pipe that directs sewage and odors away from the home).
- A backed-up sewer that is blocked by items like cotton buds, wet wipes, grease, or sanitary products caught in the pipes
Bad smells caused by drainage problems can be usually eliminated by clearing the blockage using hot water, bleach, baking soda, or vinegar).
If the smell persists you will need to contact a professional from a drain company who can carry out a CCTV inspection.
3. Pooling water
A leak in one of the pipes near the surface is a sign that your drainage system is malfunctioning. This can cause sudden pools of water, inside or outside of your home.
Standing pools of water in your sink are not only inconvenient, but they can indicate a much more serious problem.
Leaking pools of water can cause structural damage and a variety of health problems This can affect the health of individuals living on your property, especially those diagnosed with asthma and other respiratory problems.
Make sure that nothing that is not supposed to be flushed through your drainage gets to your drainage.
Items like toilet paper, sanitary napkins can cause a serious blockage. Remember that your drain system can only carry out water and biodegradable waste.
When your drains get blocked, they can cause water pooling and flooding.
Follow these rules when you are removing excess water:
- Mop the excess liquid
- Apply detergent within 12 hours or 24
- Call a professional as soon as possible when you experience water pooling. Many of them have a 24/7 service that you can call when your water pooling problem becomes an emergency.
4. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is not a good sign of effective drainage. This means that your drains are not flushing wastewater effectively through your drain system.
If you have clogged pipes you are most likely to experience a measly trickle of water from your faucets and/or showers and a toilet that does not flush effectively.
When this situation does not improve within a few hours, call someone who can help you right away.
Problems like this with your drainage system can cause more serious problems that may be difficult to solve or remedy in the future like drain collapse or overflow and flooding inside your home.
5. Increased Bills
When you notice a sudden spike in your water bill, this can be a sign that there is a leakage in your drainage system somewhere.
If the increase in your water bill is not caused by having guests living at your home or a new dishwasher, it is best that you call a drain professional who knows how to look for hidden leaks.
It is important that you get a hidden leak fixed right away so that you will not have to pay for the increased cost of your water consumption.
You can diagnose a leak by simply listening for running water. You can also put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. After 20 minutes and you find that the drops of food coloring are still present, this means you have a leak.
Maintaining a healthy drain system is vital for keeping your home sanitary and safe. When you have drainage system damage, call a professional drain contractor who can provide a full range of services, from CCTV surveys to emptying of septic tanks, if needed.
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