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Signs that You Need a Drain Cleaning

Your drain and sewer system are one of the most used, yet most overlooked systems in your home. Because we use them so frequently, they are prone to clogs and buildup. Here are some signs that you may need a drain cleaning.

1. Slow Drains

If you’re having trouble with a sink, you may have a clog. If several water fixtures won’t drain properly, then you most likely have one somewhere in your sewer line. A thorough drain cleaning with hot water and mild detergent, or vinegar and baking soda may work. If flushing the drain does nothing. It’s time to call a plumber.

2. Pests

If your home is visited by unwanted pests, they may be coming from a crack somewhere in the sewer line. Cockroaches and rats can squeeze through even the smallest of gasps.

3. Sky-high Water Bills

If it seems like your utility bills are higher than usual, the culprit could be a hidden leak. No matter how small the leak is, a camera inspection will be able to accurately detect the source.

4. Sewage Backup

Sewage should go down your pipes, but if it winds up going the opposite direction, you’ll want to call a plumber immediately. If it appears that the sewage only backs up out of one drain, then it’s most likely isolated. If it seems like sewage backs up every time you flush a toilet o use a sink, then the problem may be much deeper in your sewer line.

5. Foul Odors

You shouldn’t smell sewage in or around your home. If you can, then there’s probably a crack somewhere in the sewer line. Your plumbing should be sealed tight, but sewer gases can escape through cracks. A camera inspection will be quick to find where foul odors are coming from.

6. Mold & Mildew

If you smell something foul and musty, call a plumber immediately. Not only is mold toxic for your health, but it also needs excessive moisture to grow. If there’s mold growing in your home, there’s usually a leak that’s causing it.

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, give NDI a call to schedule a technician to come out and handle your drain cleaning!

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