It can take time for a blockage to build up in your drains and become evident to you. Once you then become aware of the problem, it will need assistance quickly. By understanding the signs and indications of a blocked drain to look out for, you’ll be able to take action quickly and put the problem right as soon as possible.

The first signs of a blocked drain:

Once water stops flowing entirely down a drain you have left it almost too late and it may now be costly to unblock. There are several early warning signs that a drain is blocked and getting clogged, these include

  • Odours from the drain
  • Water Draining Slower
  • Rising water levels inside the drain
  • Noisy Drains

Do you have any slow draining appliances?

One of the most obvious signs that a drain is blocked is if your toilet, shower, bath or sinks are draining slowly. If a blockage is particularly bad, water may not drain away at all. If only one fixture is experiencing issues, then the blockage is probably localised to a pipe connected to that specific appliance; however, if all of them are backed up, then the blockage is most likely to be in the sewer drain.

The toilet can be helpful in revealing the extent of the problem – if flushing the toilet causes water to rise in the shower, or running taps causes the water in the toilet to rise, then the issue is definitely a blocked drain.This also applies if any water-based appliances are causing water to appear elsewhere when used, so don’t forget to check external drains and manhole covers on your property for signs of rising water – though be sure to do so only from the outside, as entering manholes is highly dangerous due to the risk of hazardous gases and bacteria.

Do you notice any bad smells?

Foul smells are an indication for a blockage, and can be one of the most obvious pointers of an underlying problem – if something has blocked the drain and begun to rot, you will certainly know about it. The bad smell may well arise before any visual symptoms emerge, so it’s vital not to ignore any unusual odours in the home that can’t be readily identified.

Do you notice any unusual sounds?

Finally, if your pipes and fixtures sound different than usual, it could be an indication of a blockage. Gurgling noises from drains, plug holes, toilet flushes and pipes are early warning signs – these sounds are created when air trapped in the pipes by the blockage is displaced and pushed up through the system.

Why Choose Professionals to unblock your drains?

Blocked drains are a nuisance and can become a hazard. For this reason, professional drain cleaning services are essential. Ignored and left alone, blocked drains become more difficult to unblock and the process becomes more costly. If your drains are showing signs of becoming blocked attend to them as soon as possible to avoid complications and what could become a costly mess.