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3 Signs You Need To Get Your Drains Unblocked

Water draining slowly down the drain

3 Signs You Need To Get Your Drains Unblocked

There are many things that can cause a blockage in your drains: food debris, body hair, tree roots, or poorly laid pipes. Blocked drains can cause havoc to your plumbing system, and can turn into very inconvenient and costly problems if not diagnosed early on.

If you think your drains are blocked, check the three signs below. It might be time to call a blocked drain plumber.

1.  Water is draining slower

The clearest sign of blocked drains is if water is draining slowly down your kitchen sink, your shower plug hole or your toilet.

If it’s just the plug hole that is draining slowly, it could indicate a problem with the fixture itself. However, if the water is playing up across all of your fixtures (i.e. flushing the toilet causes the water in the sink to rise), you may have a problem with the sewer drain.

You should avoid using chemicals to unblock your drain without professional advice. The incorrect chemicals could damage your pipes. If the problem persists you should enlist professional plumbing assistance.

2.  There is a foul smell

Catching whiffs of a foul smell? It could indicate that something has become blocked in your drain and has started to rot. If you are unsure where the smell is coming from, spring clean your house and air it out. If you can still smell rotting, you know that your drains need examining.

3.  There is a worrying sound

As well as keeping an eye out for unusual draining, keep an ear out for any sounds that don’t sound right. If your toilet, plug hole or sink gurgles, it could be that there is a blockage in your pipes.

When to call a plumber

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call a blocked drain plumber for assistance. They can locate the issue, conduct high-pressure drain cleaning, replace the pipe if required, reline the pipe if required and complete patch repair.


If you’re concerned that you have blocked drains, get them seen to as soon as possible. You don’t want the problem to get worse later down the line. And in terms of prevention for blockages, watch what you’re flushing down the sink and toilet!

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