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Symptoms of a Home in Need of Drain Cleaning

drain-with-water-going-downDo you know how to tell when it’s time for a drain cleaning? Better yet, do you know what to do when you need a drain cleaning?

We’re going to share some signs below that indicate it is, in fact, time for you to call a plumber for this service. In the meantime, we want to stress how important it is that you contact a professional when you’re ready for a thorough drain cleaning.

The reason for this is because store-bought drain cleaning solutions are really no solution at all. They can eat away at the lining of your plumbing and even cause worse clogs later on. Instead, you want a pro to come in and either use drain snaking or hydro-jetting tools to relieve the clog and potentially prevent further clogs from forming.

Read on to learn the signs that it’s time to go ahead a call a pro!

Your Sinks and Bathtubs are Backing Up

The first sign we’re going to talk about, and the most apparent indicator that you’re in need of drain cleaning, is when you actually see drains backing up–especially in your bathroom area. In the beginning, it may just start with water exiting a little slower than normal. Eventually, it can grow to a stubborn clog. It’s best to call our plumbers at the first sign you see.

It’s important to note here, that if you’re having this problem with just one or two plumbing drains in your home, then professional drain cleaning is the solution. If, however, the water backup is impacting your entire home, you likely have a sewer blockage that needs to be addressed ASAP.

You Detect Foul Smells

Most people can pretty much tolerate a sink or tub that is draining slowly. In fact, many people do, in fact, tolerate this for several weeks in a row before doing anything about it. But when the problem with your drains is causing foul, sewage-like odors, we really encourage you to give us a call sooner rather than later.

While foul smells aren’t always caused by clogged drains, it’s important to realize that this is definitely the sign of a problem, and probably a problem with the sewer line.

You’ve Tried to Address Previous Drain Clogs with Liquid Drain Cleaner

We alluded to this a bit above, but this is not a recommendation our professionals make. In fact, it could enc up doing more harm than good to your plumbing system, causing future clogs and even corrosion, since the materials of these “solutions” are quite caustic.

Store-bought drain cleaners “eat away” at your clog, but they don’t completely remove it or prevent further clog, when professional drain cleaning does just that. It’s best to go with a professional drain cleaning if you’re looking for long-lasting service.

If you suspect any problems with your home plumbing at all, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to help!

For professional drain cleaning in St. Louis, MO, look no further than Performance Plumbing! Contact us today. 

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