When it comes to your home, it’s important that your drains are correctly maintained to keep your property sanitary and safe. We rely on our drains every single day; they carry all of the wastewater from our house to the sewage lines and connect the plumbing fixtures in our properties to sewers. We also rely on our drainage systems for small activities that we probably don’t even think about, from having a shower first thing in the morning to brushing our teeth at night.
Drainage and sewage systems are hidden underground and therefore it can be difficult to tell if there is a problem until, sometimes, it’s too late. A blockage in your drain pipe can be catastrophic, causing a significant amount of damage and leading to costly repairs. It may not be until water is backing up out of your sink or toilet that you’re even aware there is an issue.
Fortunately, there are a few telling signs you can keep an eye out for that indication there is a problem with your drains. Drainage issues should never be ignored, not only to save you money and reduce damage, but also for your health, too. The smallest leak can damage ceilings, pipes and walls and lead to the growth of mould. A faulty drain system can lead to stagnant water pooling outside your property; this can affect the quality of your lawn and attract insects and other pests.
Below, we take a look at six warning signs you need to hire professional drainage contractors, to keep your property and drains in tip top condition.
Slow-flowing water is a common drain issue. However, people often ignore this issue thinking it will disappear on its own. Unfortunately, this is not the case and you should always pay attention to slow draining. Keep an eye on your sinks, baths and toilet for any signs of slow draining. You may notice that water is taking a particularly long time to go down the plughole or that water is even backing up into your sink, toilet or bath.
Poor flow rates and slow draining is an indication that your pipes have narrowed or a blockage has occurred. If you notice a blockage or broken pipe causing slow-flowing water, you should get it seen to immediately. When left untreated, a blocked or broken pipe could lead to severe water damage in your home. Instead, contact a professional drain contractor that uses advanced methods to detect leaks and blockages, such as a CCTV drain survey.
Unpleasant smells from your drains
Foul smells emanating from drains are hard to ignore. A bad drain smell is a sign that something is not functioning quite the way it should and should never be ignored. Bad odours coming from your drains are usually a clear indication that there is some type of blockage in your drain where stagnant water and decomposing solids have gathered.
If you have a blocked drain, you may be able to smell it in kitchen sinks, toilets, baths or shower drains. Kitchen and bathroom drains generally tend to bear the brunt when it comes to drainage problems. This is because they’re prone to buildups of food waste, hair and cooking grease.
If a bad smell lingers even after you’ve used drain unblocker products, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Again, a reliable drain company can carry out a CCTV drain inspection to get to the root of the problem.
Low water pressure from taps
Good water pressure ensures your drains flush through wastewater effectively and therefore it’s important to pay attention if you notice low water pressure from your taps. If there is minimal water pressure running from your taps, your pipes may be clogged or blocked. Keep an eye on your taps and shower - if they only produce a small trickle of water or the water pressure is significantly less than what it used to be, it’s time to get in touch with a professional.
You may also notice that your toilet isn’t flushing as effectively. Again, this is a sign that your water pressure is low and you need the assistance of a professional drain company. In some cases, low water pressure can be a sign of a far more serious problem, such as a broken drain pipe which can lead to drain collapse or overflow.
Waterlogged lawn or plants growing near sewer line
If you’ve noticed pools of water outside your house, you could have a serious issue on your hands. You may find that your lawn has suddenly become waterlogged or there are plants growing near the sewer line. Leaking pools of water can cause structural damage and put your health at risk, which is why it’s important to get your drains inspected by a professional as soon as possible.
Waterlogged lawns or plants growing near the sewer line is a sign of a severe blockage. This blockage is likely hindering your drain's effective function, leading to leaks and pools of water outside your property (and sometimes inside, too). Take the time to regularly inspect the outside of your property, keeping an eye out for pools of stagnant water.
If you do notice any issues, get in touch with a professional right away. The longer you leave a drainage problem, the more severe it will come.
Another indication of a drainage emergency is strange sounds coming from your pipes. If you’ve noticed a gurgling or crackling sound coming from your drains, plug holes or toilet flush, there may be trapped air in your pipes. Trapped air is most often caused by a build-up of debris in your drains, such as food or grease. As the drain attempts to retain its normal running, it pushes water and air around the blockages which results in the unusual gurgling sounds you can hear coming from your pipes.
Strange noises emanating from your pipes is usually an indication that your pipes have narrowed or become blocked, which again requires the assistance of a professional.
High energy bills
You may have noticed a sudden spike in the cost of your energy bills. If your bills are much higher than they used to be, your drains could be leaking somewhere, causing you to waste a lot of water and money. Continuous running water from a toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day which is why it’s crucial to get the problem fixed as soon as possible.
Leaks in your home can be diagnosed using a number of different methods, such as dye testing or a CCTV drain survey. It’s important to ensure you have an experienced, reliable and reputable drain company on hand to assist you with any drainage issues you have.
With over 20 years of experience, the skilled team at Drainage Consultants Ltd can assist you with all of your drainage needs. We offer a wide range of services including drain repairs, drainage investigation, CCTV drain surveys and drain tracing for both domestic and commercial markets.
Our drainage specialists offer a 24 hour service to customers up and down the country, ensuring homes and businesses are safe from drainage problems. Whether you need sewer repair or you’re in need of drain clearance, our drain experts have got you covered. We always work hard to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard.
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