From tree roots or a burst pipe through to inappropriate materials being flushed down the loo, there are all sorts of reasons why a blocked drain can develop. Read on to discover nine symptoms that may indicate a blockage! Remember that it’s unlikely that the problem will go away on its own. Expert assistance from an experienced plumber is usually needed not only to clear the blockage, but also to do any repairs necessary to reduce the risk of the issue recurring.
Signs of a blockage include:
1. Toilets that are slow to clear
Toilets may begin to take progressively longer to clear. If a foreign object has been accidentally thrown into the toilet (common in a house with younger children), the problem may develop suddenly.
2. Shower bowls that don’t drain, or drain slowly
If you’re standing in shower water by the time you’re halfway through your shower, you could have a drainage problem.
3. Strange noises when the bath, sink or toilet empties
Gurgles or a glugging noise, particularly if accompanied by an uneven flow profile (so the water may be slow to drain, then suddenly drain much faster, then more slowly again), is a key sign that you may have a blockage.
4. Back flow of sewage into the sink
Call a professional immediately if sewage is back flowing into your home, as this is a significant health hazard, as well as being extremely unpleasant.
5. Pools of sewage in the back yard.
This may well have emerged from an overflow or inspection shaft.
6. Foul odours
7. Water building up in the overflow grate.
When you look outside your property, it’s clear that water from your waste pipes isn’t draining into the main sewer.
8. Progressive drain failure
This is characterised by drainage from sinks and baths gradually becomes slower over time.
9. Sudden changes in toilet water level, including complete emptying, followed by a gradual refill.
If any of these symptoms persist, despite the use of conventional clearing measures such as: using a plunger; using a wire pipe cleaner; or using a drain cleaning solution, we suggest calling out a drainage professional to take a look. Remember that sewage can be hazardous to health, so it’s vital that any problems with its safe disposal are remedied as a matter of urgency. Contact Pinnacle Plumbing to schedule an appointment with our drain clearing team.