Your home is made up of various systems that you use on a daily basis without giving much thought to them. One of those systems is your drain and sewer system. People often neglect this system because it doesn’t demand a lot of attention when it is functioning properly. However, neglecting your drains can result in many problems that make your home unbearable to live in.

Sometimes, the situation can get so bad that you may require an emergency drain cleaning service.

Here are some signs that your home may require an emergency drain cleaning service

1. Bad smells

Waste build up in the walls on the pipes can give off a bad smell especially in kitchen drains. Kitchen drains deal with a lot of food waste than any other drain pipes therefore you expect a bad smell if there is food buildup in the drain pipes. A bad smell is reason enough to call emergency drain services. Why? You definitely don’t want your home smelling like a sewer. You should be more concerned if the smell is emanating from multiple drains because it indicates that the problem is coming from further down the drain and sewer system. The problem may not be visible in your bathroom or basement but only a plumber can tell where the problem is.

Without checking, the sewage issue could lead to costly property damage or pose a health risk to your family.

Read: Why Do My Drains Smell Like Sulfer?

2. Water backups or back-flow

Back-flow is the worst thing that can happen to you as a home owner. Cleaning up after bad and smelling water that has ruined flooring and carpets forever is an experience that no homeowner looks forward to.

Back-flow is the overflowing of the sink or return of the bad smelling water from the sink. Back-flow may be caused by a sudden change in the water flow which causes the reversing of water up the drain. The worst of all back-flows is a sewer back-flow.

This is the most common reason to call an emergency drain cleaning service. Water backups cause water to spill forth from the source without stopping or slowing down. It usually starts as slow drainage resulting from clogging of the pipe till a point where the clog is so bad that water cannot get through the pipes at all. At this point, problems begin to arise. The clog may be caused by mineral buildup or waste but the reason is not as important as the solution. The complete formation of a clog makes it harder to remove and can lead to problems of water damage on your property. Therefore, if you see water backups, don’t ignore. Quickly call for emergency drain cleaning services.

Here are some tips to prevent drainage issues “Common Causes of a Clogged Bathroom Drain“.

Read: 16 Things You Should Never Flush Down Your Drains

3. Frozen pipes

During winter, temperatures can drop below freezing point. In such situations, it is inevitable that the water in the pipes freezes and the pipes themselves. Frozen pipes have the potential of causing serious problems when it comes to drainage and even leaks. How can you tell that your pipes are frozen?

  • Visible frost on exposed pipes
  • Odd clanking noises when the tap is turned on
  • Complete stoppage of water anywhere in your home

Frozen pipes could completely shut down your water supply, a situation you would love to avoid. When you begin to notice any signs of frozen pipes, be sure to call for emergency plumbing services to get your drainage system back on track.

Read: Environmental Effects of Our Drains

4. Visibility of water where it should not be visible

There are definitely places where water should be visible but there are places where it should not. You are probably wondering where water should not be visible. Well,

  • Water pooling around the base of the toilet
  • Dripping water from the ceiling
  • Water seeping from the floor

All these are places where water should not be visible. Under these circumstances, your property could be really damaged. For instance, leaking ceilings could soak your furniture and books and just make life uncomfortable for you. Water seeping on the floor could damage your flooring and carpets. Really, the solution to these problems cannot wait and you will need to call for emergency drain cleaning services.

Read: Maintaining Drains in Older Homes

5. Cloudy or colored water

The water in your home should be clear. If not, it means that your drainage has an issue that needs correcting.

  • Yellow or brown water indicates that your water has too much iron which could signal an issue with your water heater
  • Blue or green water signals that your copper pipes are corroded
  • Any other color of your water is a signal of a problem

Colored water is an indication that you need to call emergency drain cleaning services.

6. Gurgling of water

Emergency drain cleaning services may also be needed when you hear gurgling of water especially when running the dishwasher, laundry or using the washroom. This could be a result of clogging in the drainage which results in water being trapped in the faucet. It may also be because of the draining system reaching for air. Failure to turn off the water immediately this happens can cause it to all back up unto the house. You can only imagine the damage that you will have to incur.  In order to avoid such a situation, you must arrange for emergency drain cleaning services. The expenses of the service will be much cheaper compared to the cost you will have to incur if you ignore the problem and leave it unresolved.

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As a homeowner, plumbing emergencies are not something you look forward to. They can turn out to be very stressful experiences because not so many things can cause as much damage to a home as water. Some plumbing issues may not be necessarily emergencies but those discussed above qualify as emergencies and require specialty Drain Cleaning Equipment to resolve.

Don’t want to ever experience a drain cleaning emergency? Read our article “Is Drain Maintenance Worth It?“.

Don’t let your home and property be ruined by drainage problems. When you observe any of the above signs, be sure to arrange for emergency drain cleaning services. Contact Urban Piping for Residential Drain Cleaning and Commercial Drain Cleaning maintenance and emergency service.

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