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The drains in your home are one of those things you don’t think about as long as all is going well. And when things aren’t going well, they are all you can think about. Drain problems run the gamut from mildly inconvenient to making your home uninhabitable; however, the one thing all drain problems have in common is that over time, they get worse. As such, it is best that you contact a plumbing service as soon as you notice an issue.
But what are those signs? There can be many, but today we are going to look at the most common. Below are the top 5 signs the drains in your home need cleaning.
Water Drains Slowly
At first, the change in drain speed may not be all that noticeable. However, once it gets to the point that you are positive you notice a difference, it’s time to call. Slow drains are usually the result of gunk building up on the sides of the pipes. While this isn’t a clog—at least not at first—it can make it easier for clogs to form, and over time, the gunk can actually close off the pipes.
What are common culprits for this buildup? Soap, sediment, hair, grease, and those random small objects that fall down the drain can all contribute. To reduce the risk of buildup occurring, keep strainers on your drains, dispose of grease properly, and run hot water for a few seconds after you wash your hands and brush your teeth to help soap and toothpaste down the drain.
If the water is not draining at all, this means there is a complete clog. If this occurs suddenly, chances are something has fallen down the drain. If it has occurred over time, it’s likely the build-up is turning into a clog.
You Can Smell the Drain
If you notice a smell coming from your drain, it can be a sign of several different problems. Best case scenario, there is a partial clog and things are not draining well; you might just have a piece of rotting food caught in there. Worst case scenario, your sewers or septic system are having a problem and it’s about to back up into your home. In either case or anything in between, it’s important that you call a plumber and get it taken care of as soon as possible.
The Pipes Are Talking
Not literally talking, but they do seem to be grumbling at you, much like your stomach does when hungry. This means that something isn’t passing smoothly somewhere in your pipes. While the sounds can be very disconcerting, this is generally an easy fix for a plumber.
When It’s Time to Call the Plumber, Call Orange Coast Plumbing
If you are worried about the drains in your home or you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, all you need to do is give us a call. Our team is ready to get to work at any time of the day or night, which means we are always here for you. With years of experience and unbeatable prices, we are confident that we are the right choice for you.