Blocked Drains Are Easy to Miss – Here’s How to Spot the Signs Before It’s Too Late

Most people are quick to reach for a plunger or caustic cleaner if they notice a drain seems a little clogged. Unfortunately, elbow grease and solvents do not always unclog severely blocked drains, which can result in stress and unwanted costs. An obstructed sewer line should never be taken lightly as it could damage your pipes, drains, and even lead to water damage on your property. To spare yourself the trouble of dealing with a blocked drainpipe alone, it is best to call in professionals, such as Alpha Plumbing, that offer effective and long-lasting solutions.

Not sure if there’s a blockage in your drain? Knowing the signs can help you sort out the problem early and save much trouble and money in the long run.

Water Draining Slower than Usual

A clogged drain means that something is obstructing the flow of water in your pipes. When water does not move swiftly enough through your plumbing, you may notice that your sinks, shower, bath, and toilet drain more slowly. Sluggish drainage and backed-up drains are sometimes remedied by using a plunger to dislodge the clog, or removing any visible obstructions by hand. If the problem persists, however, a professional plumber is needed.

Follow Your Nose

A dead giveaway that you have a blocked drain on your hands is an unpleasant smell coming from a drainpipe. Food, debris, and organic material are often the cause of blocked drains, and these may get stuck in the pipe and begin to rot, causing bad odours. A foul stench coming from your drain is not just an annoyance but may become a health hazard as the decaying material could start harbouring harmful bacteria.

Listen Out for Any Strange Sounds

Blocked drains sometimes also trap air that makes a noise when displaced. If you hear a gurgling or slurping sound when flushing your toilet or draining water, this might be another warning sign that something is clogging your property’s water reticulation system.

You Can Spot the Signs Outside Too

Even if you take care of your drains and never let any food or waste clog your pipes, external factors may also cause trouble. Invasive roots from trees and plants will seek out moisture from the smallest leaks. These roots sometimes manage to break into water pipes and block their flow. If you spot muddy ground, small sinkholes, or flooding in your yard or around your property, it is important to call a professional plumber as soon as possible.

We Offer Same-day Solutions

If you are seeking rapid results from a reputable plumbing company, Alpha Plumbing can help! Our qualified and skilled team makes use of state-of-the-art, electric rotary drain-cleaning equipment to clear a clogged sewer in no time. Best of all, our services are charged at a flat rate, so you can say goodbye to annoying hidden costs, hourly charges, and call-out fees. We also provide our customers with a 30-day unconditional guarantee on the blocked drains we clear. If we clear up a blockage caused by invasive plant roots, our clients will receive a three-month guarantee for a recurring issue of the same nature.

For exceptional customer care, rapid turnaround times, and affordable services, let us be your preferred drain-cleaning company in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and surrounding areas. To learn more, speak to us today.