What are the signs of a blocked drain?
There are many ways to tell if your drain is blocked, and it is important to know all the warning signs of a blocked drain so that you can act quickly to resolve it. Whether that means fixing the drain yourself, or calling out a drain engineer, you must act as soon as you notice anything before it can escalate into a much bigger and more damaging problem.
The number one sign of a blocked drain is the speed at which the water drains. This will be particularly noticeable in bathtubs and sinks. When your drain becomes blocked, the blockage prevents the water from flowing smoothly down the drain, and as the size of the blockage increases you will begin to notice that the water takes longer and longer to drain properly, until it stops draining at all.
The speed at which the water drains indicates the severity of the blockage, so if your sinks are not draining any water at all then you will likely have a very stubborn blockage that requires a drain engineer to dislodge it using high pressure water jetting. High pressure water jetting is a very commonly used technique among drain engineers to remove even the most stubborn blockages caused by a buildup of a variety of things, including foreign objects, food waste, and even blockages caused by tree roots. By running the water at a high pressure through a hose with a jetting nozzle, the technician will be able to dislodge and wash away the blockage, thoroughly clearing your drain so that there is no debris left to cause any more buildups.
Another common sign of a blocked drain is the smell. This sign is more apparent in kitchen sinks where food has been flushed away down the drains. As the buildup of food is left to get bigger, the food begins to rot which omits a foul odor that you will begin to notice in your home. Once you notice the smell you must act quickly to avoid the blockage from getting bigger by calling a professional drain engineer to clear your drains thoroughly and efficiently. Food substances that are oily, greasy or fatty will stick to the walls of the drains easily which can cause a blockage when this buildup is left to get bigger.
If you continue to flush food down the drains, the buildup will grow in size and severity and can cause more damage to your drains as the pressure it creates will get too much for the drain to handle. To avoid severely damaging your drains, make sure to always correctly dispose of food in the bin. Even foods like coffee granules must not be washed away down the sink as they do not break down quickly enough for the water to thoroughly wash them away. Taking small preventative steps like these can ensure that you are not faced with a blockage.
However, if you find yourself with a blocked drain do not leave it to get worse, call a drain engineer straight away. Strange sounds from your drains can also be another sign of a blockage. If you are hearing gargling noises or sounds that are unsettling when you try and flush water away, then you likely have a blocked drain on your hands.
Whether you’ve noticed a bad smell or a strange sound coming from your drains, the most important thing is to act quickly. Blockages will never go away on their own and can quickly become something far more stressful and damaging, so to save yourself both time and money call a professional drain engineer as soon as you notice any of these warning signs.
If there is something else that you have noticed that is troubling you, do not hesitate to call and speak to a drain technician for help and advice, as you may well have a problem that needs dealing with right away and leaving it to get worse will only end up costing you more money.