Over time, most homeowners learn the basics of handling plumbing emergencies on their own due to the frequency of leaks and similar pipe problems. However, minor issues can drastically snowball into larger complications when left unattended. Clogged drains, for instance, can easily turn from quick fixes into sludgy nightmares. At times like these, it’s imperative that you have a trusted local emergency plumber on speed dial.
Here are the signs to look for indicating a plumbing 911.
Water Flooding (Minor or Major)
Flooding is a very typical, very clear sign of clogged drains. When water overflows, there’s a chance it can escalate from simple flooding to full-on sewage backup. Although minor at first glance, that tiny flood in your bathroom may cause your main drainage system to malfunction completely, leaving you with contaminated water and broken drains.
Consistent, Recurring Clogs
Some common causes for clogged drains include hair, soap, dirt, food, and mineral build up that gets rinsed off during baths—which is why your shower drains, toilets, and tubs are extremely prone to clogging. Even if you’re regularly cleaning the gunk from your drain or pouring commercial drain cleaner down there, there’s still a chance that the accumulated build-up is more than you can handle on your own. If it feels like the clogging returns every month, despite your best cleaning efforts, it’s definitely time to call in professional plumbing support.
Water Drains Slowly
Usually a plunger and some drain cleaner can solve slow draining issues in a minute. However, older pipes combined with clogging agents can slow the drainage down considerably. If your pipes are quite antiquated, they may need something more adaptable, like a plumber’s snake—a slender and flexible auger used to dislodge clogs—to fix the problem. Sometimes professional intervention is necessary simply for the various tools they have that homeowners can’t easily access or obtain themselves.
You Hear Gurgling Sounds
In the case of almost all home fixtures and furniture, hearing strange noises is a red flag. Clogs accumulate air over time, which in turn causes gurgling sounds to be released. In more serious scenarios, your sewage drain may have accumulated clogging agents and is directing gas up your pipes. For your safety, call your local plumber once these noises start.
Similar Clogging Around the House
One draining issue can be stressful enough; having multiple is a headache. Multiple clogged drain are signs of problems with your main drain system. DIY dislodging for this type of clog is definitely beyond the scope and ability of most homeowners, as it needs professional plumbing knowledge and tools to reach—and effectively remove—the source of the clog.
Black Sludge Surfacing
In all scenarios, seeing black sludge surface from any drain, be it your sink, your shower, or your tub, is a clear warning sign. Materials that get flushed down like hair, soap, and skin cells can turn into sludge that eventually accumulates bacteria. Not only is this a health hazard, it’s just plain gross. Ergo, clean up for this can be an extremely messy and complicated job using just regular cleaning supplies. The most efficient solution is to turn to your phones and call your local emergency plumber.
Foul Smells and Odors
If there’s a persistent odor or stench in your home, this could be an indication of major clogging issues. Pollutants might have accumulated in your drain pipes, causing the odor to seep through and escape into your home. Don’t wait for your noses to adjust to the scent; have your emergency plumber change the pipes or clean the drain thoroughly to efficiently resolve this issue.
Every homeowner knows that plumbing is routine home maintenance. And, although being able to handle basic home plumbing issues is an admirable skill to have, it’s still a good idea to keep in constant contact with your emergency plumber. Save yourself the trouble and leave the work to the Diamond Certified plumbing experts.