11 Feb Should I Call an Emergency Plumber for a Clogged Drain?
Most homeowners don’t think about their drains until a clog happens. A drain that starts to back up and overflow out of your sink is an obvious sign that something is wrong, and you need to work out a solution quickly. Although you might be able to fix the issue on your own, the process will be so much faster when you get help from an emergency plumber.
But how do you know if it’s time to call an emergency plumber for a clogged drain?
Here are some things you need to look out for:
1. Black Sludge
When you start to see black sludge surfacing from any drain in your home, it’s a clear sign that you need professional help. The sludge is often a combination of different materials that get flushed down the drain such as soap, hair, skin cells, and so on which turns into a breeding ground for bacteria.
Aside from being a health hazard, the sludge looks disgusting, so cleanup can be hard for some people. The best way to solve this problem is by picking up the phone and calling your trusted plumber for help.
2. Slow Draining of Water
Most clogged drains can be fixed by simply using a plunger and any drain cleaner. But if your pipes are old and have already accumulated clogging agents, a DIY remedy is not enough. You may need to use a more elaborate tool, such as a plumber’s snake. Used by professionals, it is a thin and flexible auger that can dislodge any kind of clog.
There are instances when professional help is needed only for their tools. The thing about those items is they can be quite expensive for a typical homeowner, especially if the buyer is only planning to use it a few times.
3. Strange Sounds
In most cases, hearing weird sounds is a red flag. Clogs can accumulate air over time and it can lead to the release of gurgling sounds coming from the drain. There’s also a chance your sewage drain accumulates clogging agents that direct gas up your household pipes. Ensure your safety by calling expert plumbers right away.
4. Minor/Major Flooding
Flooding is a clear sign of clogged drains. Overflowing water can cause flooding or even a complete sewage back-up. Flooding of any size in your home should be stopped by addressing the root cause right away. Call an emergency plumber once you see water accumulating near a clogged drain.
5. Foul Smell
Do you smell a certain stench inside your home? This could be a sign that you have serious clogging issues. Don’t wait for your nose to adjust to the smell. Instead of ignoring the problem, have a plumber inspect your pipes for potential problems. They might suggest changing the pipes or thoroughly cleaning the drain so you will have free-flowing water once again.
Every home needs regular plumbing maintenance. At Advanced Plumbing & Rooter, our goal is to help all homeowners with their emergency plumbing needs. Feel free to talk to us if you have any plumbing concern that needs to be done by a professional. We look forward to hearing from you soon!