Whether it was the bathroom sink, kitchen sink, or shower, you’ve likely experienced a clogged drain at least once. Usually, it’s nothing more than the nuisance of a puddle of water collecting at the bottom of the sink or tub and can easily be ignored until you decide to take a snake down the drain. However, there are times that a clogged drain should not be ignored. Here are some instances when a clogged drain may be more of a problem.
- Trees taking root: This is more of a problem for exterior pipes, but it will react as a clogged drain just the same. If you have tree roots getting too close to the pipes, they could creep inside the pipes and feed off everything that comes through the plumbing and keep growing until the tree roots cause back-ups that flow right into your house.
- Unwelcome growth: A clogged drain can also be a problem if you start to notice a musty smell coming from the drain or pipes. This could mean you have mold growing or mildew building up around the drain.
- A recurring clog: If you aren’t taking any preventative measures, it’s fairly common to have a clogged drain one or two times per year, but you shouldn’t be getting recurring clogs even after cleaning out the drain. Recurring clogs could mean it’s more serious than some loose hair or debris down the drain.
- Home remedies aren’t working: If you’ve tried everything from pouring baking soda and vinegar or boiling water down the drain to snaking or plunging the drain and you still have a persistent clog, it may be time to call the plumber.
- Multiple drains are clogged: If you have more than one drain clogged at once, it could just be that you have really bad luck and need to pay more attention to what you put down your drains. More likely, though, you have a blockage in the main drain system that needs to be fixed by a professional.
If you have a clogged drain that is more of a problem than you can handle on your own, give us a call at A Step Above Plumbing Inc. today.