Signs You Have A Blocked Drain & How To Fix It

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If you think you might have blocked drains in your home, it’s important to check for these signs and fix the problem as soon as possible. From bad smells to slowly draining bathtubs, make sure you don’t have any plumbing problems by regularly unblocking your drains. Blocked drains are unpleasant, inconvenient and can take a while to clear, but it’s important to make sure your drains are free from blockages to prevent any other issues. In this blog, we take a look at some important signs you have a blocked drain and the different ways to fix it.

Blocked Drain Warning Signs

It’s important to clear a blocked drain as soon as possible to prevent further problems or damage like cracked pipes. It’s also wise to get a licensed and qualified local plumber to take a look at your drains and check for any blockages, especially if you’ve noticed any of the following signs of blocked drains.

Bad Odours

One of the most common signs your drain is blocked is a bad smell coming from your plughole or sink area. This can happen when food debris has got stuck in the pipes and starts to decompose, causing an unpleasant smell.

Loud Gurgling Sounds

If your plumbing system has been making lots of noise or you have noticed gurgling pipes, there may be blockages which need to be removed. If your sink makes a gurgling sound when you run water there could be a blocked drain issue. If you’re worried about the condition of your plumbing system, it could be wise to get a maintenance appointment from a qualified plumber to make sure there are no further issues.

Water Draining Slowly

Another key sign you have blocked drains is if water is taking longer to drain than usual. You might notice your bath takes a long time to empty or that your kitchen sink’s water level goes down more slowly. This is because blockages are preventing water from draining and you should try and clear these.

How To Fix Blocked Drains

There are a number of different ways you can fix blocked drains, but first, you need to locate the blockage. If you hire a plumber to clear your blocked drains they will often use a mobile CCTV camera system to locate the blockages in your pipework or drains. If you notice the bad smell is just coming from one sink there’s a good chance you need to unblock that drain.

Drain Unblocking Solutions

If you have a minor blockage in your sink, there are some ways to try and clear them yourself. First, you can try pouring boiling water down the drain to flush out the blockage. You can also use a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar to try and dissolve the blockage. Leave the chemicals for about five minutes and then flush with boiling water again. You can purchase drain unblocking solutions and cleaning chemicals from most stores but they can be quite harsh and it’s important to use them carefully. If the blockage is in the sink or bath you can also use a plunger or a metal drain unblocker to try and unblock the drain. Professional plumbers will also use water jet cleaners and specialist equipment to quickly clear blockages.

Call A Plumber

Unblocking drains can be messy, inconvenient, and difficult, but our professional plumbers are here to help! We can come and take a look at all of the drains on your property, then unblock and clean them, with no hassle for you. Call our plumbers in Darwin today on 08 8947 3391.

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