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Signs It’s Time for a Drain Cleaning

water-running-down-drainHave you ever had a bad hair day? Well, imagine how your pipes feel when they have a bad hair day.

We’re talking about hair in your bathroom shower and sink drains—hair, as well as grease, grime, and other particles can all contribute to dirty and more importantly, clogged drains. Without proper care, problems with your drain system can turn into huge hassles and impact your entire plumbing system. Therefore, it’s important to invest in not only regular annual drain cleaning, but to schedule drain cleaning whenever you suspect you need it.

But, how do you know if you need it? Well, fortunately, there are signs you can watch out for. We’ve outlined them below for you. Read on to find out if now is a good time to schedule your drain cleaning.

Sign #1: You Have Slow Drains

Drain clogs are the single biggest issue you can come across when it comes to your drain and sewer system, especially depending on what’s causing the clog. They often form slowly, as waste builds up within the drain pipes. As the clog builds toward the center of the affected pipe, it restricts the flow of water more and more, which leads to slow drains.

If you notice that one of your drains is draining more slowly, it’s likely you need drain cleaning. Now, if multiple drains are affected then it could be a sign that you need professional sewer cleaning. Not to worry—our team handles this as well!

Sign #2: There are Bad Smells Coming from Your Drain

This is a symptom that is very common in kitchen drains, which naturally deal with a lot of food waste. Sometimes, this can be relieved with a little baking soda and vinegar trick, but if you’ve tried this and the smell persists, it’s time to call a pro.

If you notice any of your drains are particularly smell, it’s very likely you’re dealing with a waste buildup in your pipes. Fortunately, our professional plumbers can rid your drains of this odor with proper drain cleaning.

All that said, like the sign we mentioned above, if multiple drains are affected it’s very likely you’re dealing with a sewer line problem. This is much more urgent, as waiting too long could leave you with a very unhygienic and messy problem on your hands.

Sign #3: Gurgling Sounds

If you hear gurgling while you’re using your bathtub or sink, there’s a good chance that your drain has been collecting too much grime or has a buildup of limescale. Blockages like this can create air bubbles, and you’ll hear this gurgling noise. Once the drain has been professionally cleared, water and air can move freely down it without creating this noise.

Sign #4: Standing Water

If your bathtub or one of your sinks has standing water in it, it’s very clear you have a blockage. Hopefully, it’s a superficial blockage—and you might even be able to relieve it with a plunger and some good ol’ elbow grease. If you can’t, however, it’s time to give our pros a call.

For expert plumbing in St. Charles, MO, contact Performance Plumbing today!

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