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Identifying blocked drains & toilets

Blockages in your plumbing system can be an expensive and extremely unpleasant problem to have. If your pipes become blocked somewhere along the line, this prevents wastewater from being expelled. If the blockage is bad enough, the wastewater will eventually build up so much that it travels back up through your pipes and overflows into your home… yuck!

Aside from being terribly unhygienic and downright nasty, even minor overflows or floods can cause extensive water damage to your home which can be incredibly costly to clean up.

Of course, if there is a way to avoid ever having to deal with this kind of plumbing nightmare, you’d want to know about it, right?

Well, now’s the time to listen up because we’re going to run through 3 of the most common tell-tale signs related to partially blocked drains to help you identify the problem before it becomes a total mess!

Water draining slowly

 One of the most obvious signs that you’ve got a problem with blocked pipes is the speed at which your water drains. If you find that the water level drops very slowly after a bath or if it begins pooling at your feet when in the shower, this means that there’s quite a high possibility that you’ve got an obstruction somewhere along your plumbing lines.

Unpleasant Odours coming from your drains

Is there a funky smell coming from your drains or pipes? This could be caused by water that has been trapped by a partial blockage and has become stagnant. Aside from funny-smelling water, unpleasant odours can also be a sign that other types of waste have become lodged in your plumbing system as well. Solid waste from your toilet (you all know where we’re going with this) that gets trapped will slowly fester in your pipes, giving off an awful smell through your bathroom drains.

Weird noises and gurgling sounds as your water drains

When there is a blockage or partial blockage in your drainage systems, you’ll likely hear some peculiar sounds as the water travels down your pipes. If you haven’t noticed strange sounds, but you have a feeling that your pipes might be blocked, try conducting a little test with your bathtub or kitchen sink. To do this, fill up the tub with water and then pull out the plug and listen carefully to the water draining. If it’s not a clean sound, it might be time to call in a licensed plumber.

What to do if you think your pipes are blocked 

While there are a number of drain cleaning products on the market that can assist with slightly blocked drains, if you’re experiencing any of these signs, you’ll want to call in a professional plumber. This is because the blockage is most likely too far down the line for these things to work effectively. Trying to tackle these issues yourself is definitely not recommended either and can even lead to further damage to your pipes and plumbing system.

If you’ve noticed any of these issues within your home plumbing, get in touch with our expert plumbers today on 1300 025 116 to book your inspection & quote. We’re always on the road & happy to help get things running smoothly again.