Drain cleaning – when is it a DYI job and when do you need to call a professional? If you go to your local supermarket or hardware store, you’ll find stocked shelves of various drain cleaning products. While these may be a fine solution for minor drain problems, they won’t always be enough to effectively restore your plumbing back to health. Remember that clogged or slow running drains are not only frustrating to deal with, but they are created an unsanitary environment in your home. Here are some warning signs that you need to a call a plumber for professional drain cleaning:
- Slow Drains
- A slow running drain might seem like a small concern, but it can quickly become a major plumbing problem. You may notice your toilets flushing stubbornly or your kitchen sink taking a longer time than usual to drain. Slow drains may suggest early stages of a clog, mineral or grease buildup, or even inadequate grading of your drainage system. A drain cleaning professional can accurately diagnose the problem source and implement the most effective remedy, which may include repairing or replacing damaged pipes.
- Recurring Clogs
- If Drano is on your weekly shopping list, you may need to call a professional. Recurring clogs in your bathtub, shower and sink drains may be an indication that the clog is deeper into the pipe and beyond a DIY fix. An expert is equipped with the necessary tools to eliminate clogs further into the pipe and solve the problem.
- Multiple Clogged Drains
- If your kitchen sink, bathtub and toilet are all clogged at the same time, you may have a clog in your main drain system. Chemical cleaners and plungers will be to no avail for this type of plumbing problem. However, a professional drain cleaning can ensure your system is free of disruption and running smoothly again.
- Foul Odor
- If you smell a rotten or sewer odor coming from your drains, call a professional immediately. This may be your first warning sign of a sewer backup or major problem in your drain lines. Calling a plumber for diagnostic camera technology can give you an expert assessment of what’s causing your foul odors.
- Do you have flooding in your basement or near the drain field, this could indicate a clog that will lead to water contamination if not addressed immediately. The moment you notice standing water, call for professional help.
Never ignore the warning signs of a clogged drain, and certainly don’t be afraid to call a qualified plumber sooner rather than later for help. The experts of Metro Septic and Plumbing can save you from serious and costly plumbing repairs in the future.