How To Tell If I Need Drain Cleaning Services

Plumbing may be mostly “out of sight, out of mind”, but can cause very visible disasters when something goes wrong. While some plumbing issues can be fixed by a handy homeowner, some problems need the help of a professional, especially if they are persistent issues or involve invasive repairs. Instead of opting for ineffective short-term solutions, you can choose a professional drain cleaning service to help keep your plumbing in top shape. Before your toilet overflows or your pipes leak a pool of water onto your floors, watch for the following warning signs that something could be amiss with your plumbing and drainage systems.

Sluggish Drains

No matter where a drain is located—in a sink, shower, or washing machine—it should transport water quickly out of the basin. If your water is draining much slower than usual or not at all, it is likely that the drain has a clog. Clogs can form from a buildup of soap scum, hair, debris, or foreign objects. Clogs almost never resolve on their own. Instead, they need to be addressed before excess standing water forms stains, leaks, or creates a mold issue.

If store-bought drain cleaners aren’t doing much for your drain clog, you may need the assistance of a professional. Some chemicals on the market do more damage than they are worth. Or, they work for a short while before you are back pouring more into the drain a few weeks later. A professional will expertly remove a drain clog with gentle methods, helping to preserve your pipes and help them work as they should for longer.

Water Back-Up

Water should go down drains, not come back up them. If your toilets keep overflowing or you notice water frequently coming back up into your sinks or shower, you may need some professional help. While water backups usually occur due to clogs somewhere in the line, sometimes overflowing toilets and multiple drains clogged at the same time can indicate a main sewer line issue.

Don’t wait to have this issue resolved. Water backups can cause significant damage if the overflow leaks onto your floors and ruin your belongings. Call a professional and start enjoying your properly working drains again.

Strange Noises

Water should flow smoothly through your plumbing. If you hear gurgling or bubbling when running water in a sink or when flushing a toilet, this could signal the beginning of a clog issue, air trapped in the drain, or some other plumbing problem. Strange noises should be addressed as soon as possible before they turn into bigger issues later.

Foul Odors

Kitchen sinks are notorious for bad smells. Food particles and other waste washed down the drain can stick to the pipes, accumulate over time, and start to rot. Sometimes vinegar or baking soda can help break down this buildup. Other times, a professional drain cleaning service is needed to eliminate bad smells for good.

If strong odors are coming out of bathroom sink drains or other drains around the house, this could mean that sewage and waste are building up in your drains. It is best to take care of this issue right away, not only to rid your home of horrible smells but to prevent bacterial growth and other issues from causing even worse problems later on.

Sudden Appearance of Fruit Flies

Sometimes plumbing issues are more subtle than we think they will be. The accumulation of food particles in your drains can attract an abundance of fruit flies seemingly overnight. If these pests have suddenly made an appearance in your home and like to hang around your sink, it may be time to perform a drain cleaning. These fruit flies are a good indication that your drains are close to becoming clogged with gunk if they haven’t already.

In need of professional drain cleaning?

Whether you want a drain issue to be resolved quickly or you have already tried everything you can think of but still haven’t gotten to the bottom of your plumbing problem, our professionals at Alpha Plumbing are ready to tackle your most pressing drainage needs. Our trained technicians come prepared to handle most any drain clog with tools that won’t damage your pipes any further as some commercial do-it-yourself products might. They may also offer solutions as to how to prevent future issues with your drains, depending on the root problem.

You don’t have to live with overflowing, slow-draining, or just plain gross drains anymore. Call us at Alpha Plumbing today for excellent service and effective solutions for your pipes.