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5 Signs That You Have a Blocked Drain

First things first, what is a drain system?

A drain system consists of a line that runs through the building and connects to the sewer system. The drain also connects to each sink, toilet or washing machine in a home of business.

The sink connects with a trap and a pipeline that leads to the drain line and sewer system. It’s pretty simple. But there are multiple places where clogs can cause problems (like in the pipes themselves, or the traps connecting the sink or toilet to the plumbing system for example).

Blockage can be food from a kitchen sink, or hair and soap buildup from a bathtub or bathroom sink. When it comes to a toilet, an abundance of toilet paper or things not meant to be flushed can cause clogs in the drain. Keep reading to find or 5 signs of a blocked drain.

Signs of a Plumbing Blockage

1. A Slowly Draining Sink or Bathtub

This is usually the first sign of a problem. This is caused by a thickening layer of grime and soap constricting the flow of water.

2. A Stinky Smell

The smell can come from rotten food in a kitchen sink or drain, even a small rodent in another area of the drain and sewer system connections. This smell coming from a slow drain can be the sign of a problem.

3. Toilets that Back-Up Instead of Flush

This typically happens when too much toilet paper or the wrong items are being flushed down the toilet. If a plunger doesn’t help, you should probably call a professional to examine the pipes and drain system.

4. Drains that Gurgle

A gurgling noise means that air is trapped somewhere in the plumbing. Damage to the sewer line could be another reason for gurgling in a drain. Another reason for gurgling noises in a drain is a blockage in the vent pipe that attaches to the drainpipe 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.

5. 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 and water lines underground.

If you discover any of these issues, schedule an appointment to have a technician come out and solve your drain issues!

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