How often do you check the efficiency of the drains in your home or business? If you’re like most people, you don’t think about them until they aren’t working anymore. When you do run into an issue with your plumbing, it helps to understand the cause of the problem(s) in order to find a solution in a timely manner. It will also help you take steps to prevent issues in the future.

How do drains clog?

Often, buildup in the pipes and drains create a clog. This can be caused by food from a kitchen sink or hair and soap buildup from a bathtub or bathroom sink.  When it comes to a toilet, an abundance of toilet paper or foreign objects can cause drains to clog.

 Signs of a plumbing blockage

If you’re concerned about a blockage, here are a few signs to look for:

  • A slowly draining sink or bathtub

A slow drain can be the first sign of a problem. This often happens when the diameter of the pipe is constricted by a thickening layer of grime and soap because of a blockage somewhere in a pipeline.

  • An unpleasant smell

You may notice an unpleasant odor before the drain slows down. Common factors that could be causing the smell are rotten food in the kitchen sink or drain, or a  small rodent in another area of the drain or sewer system.

  • Toilets that don’t flush

These blockages are often caused by too much toilet paper going down, or more commonly, the wrong things being flushed down the toilet (like a small child’s toy or female sanitary products). This is serious because the item blocking the drain could damage the pipeline, or lead to damage to your bathroom as the water comes out of the bowl. If a plunger doesn’t help, you should call Nauman Mechanical to fix the issue.

  • A noisy drain

The gurgling noise means that air is trapped somewhere in the plumbing. This could be caused by buildups in the drain like grease, food, and oil. Food deposits may not always be easy to remove with drain cleaner. Damage to the sewer line could be another reason for gurgling in a drain. This issue is far more serious than a clog, and needs to be fixed by your plumbing professional. Yet another reason for gurgling noises in a drain is a blockage in the vent pipe that attaches to the drain pipe and goes to the roof to let sewer gas escape the system. If these are not taken care of, you could find that sewer will back up into the drain system.

Blocked drains can be more than just a nuisance. For homeowners who pay attention and know what causes these issues, it’s possible to reduce the potential of a major drain clog that leads to a bigger plumbing issue. Whether you take action to clean the drains yourself or call Nauman Mechanical, 570-476-7515, you can be sure that your plumbing systems will be clean and work well.