How to Prevent Blocked Drains and the Early Warning Signs
Blocked drains can put a real dampener on our lives. We have all experienced a blocked drain before and more often than not we tend to ignore the issue and hope that it goes away. In fact, this is the worst thing you can do. This article will outline the key indicators that suggest you may have a blocked drain so that you can get it seen to right away.
Blocked drains can be caused by a number of reasons like a build-up of dead leaves, grease or hair getting stuck down drains; or it can be more severe when tree roots grow down, cracking pipes and causing majorly blocked drains. Leaving a blocked drain could result in damage to your property from flooding or sewer backup. No one wants to be faced with this, or the expensive costs involved. It is therefore important to keep an eye out for the following warning signs so that when they arise you can contact a professional to assess the issue:
Nasty pungent smells coming from your plugholes, drains or grates can be the early warning signs of a blocked drain. If something is stuck in the drain it can begin to rot causing a bad smell to seep through the drain. Often you will notice the smell before any visible signs of a blockage can be seen. If you notice a bad smell seek the help of an experienced plumber to assess the drain and get it looked at before the problem escalates.
If you notice strange sounds when you empty water from the sink, shower or bath or empty water from the toilet it may be an early warning sign of a blockage. Air can become trapped in the pipes and when the blockage is displaced, the air can be heard moving up through the system creating that gurgling sound. This sign suggests that the drain may be in the early stages of blockages.
When your sink, shower or toilet is not draining, as it should then you know you may have a problem. By the time this occurs, you should have already noticed the warning signs. You definitely need to call a plumber for help. They will be able to access whether the blockage is in one of the fixtures or in the drain and get to the root cause of the problem.
Preventing blocked drains
If you notice any of these early warning symptoms early enough, you might be able to address the problem quickly without the help of a plumber. There are multiple companies selling products designed to unblock drains. Some of these can be effective on minor blockages but they are often toxic and not environmentally friendly.
You can unblock a drain with a far cheaper, more eco-friendly solution using baking soda and white vinegar solution. Mix one cup of vinegar one cup of baking soda with boiling water and pour the solution down the drain leave this solution to sit for 5-10 minutes. You may have to repeat the process several times to fully unclog a blocked drain. Or if this doesn’t eliminate the problem then contact NLK Plumbing.
Often, however, blockages will already be too severe to use the above methods, and you’ll require a qualified plumber to handle the blockage. NLK plumbing offers highly competitive friendly, local Melbourne service to solve these occasional stubborn blockages.
If you have any or perhaps even all of the signs above then you need to book an appointment for a professional plumber to come around and inspect the problem. it is important that you don’t try to solve the problem yourself because this can lead to further damage. Also, you should avoid putting chemicals down drains or plug holes as these can be harmful to health. At NLK Plumbing we have nearly three decades of experience in the industry. Our dedicated team of expert plumbers can take care of the situation. You can trust that we will clear the problem at your property in no time at all. Call our Plumber Melbourne team today on 0404 803 333, and let us take care of your blocked drains in Melbourne.