CLOGGED DRAIN DISASTER? WHY YOU SHOULD CALL AN EMERGENCY PLUMBER RIGHT AWAY
DIY plumbing is a rampant practice used in many different homes under many different circumstances. Fortunately, many of these common domestic issues are simple. However, they can easily escalate into major plumbing issues if treated incorrectly. Whether it’s already a clogging disaster or an impending one, it’s best to call an emergency plumber to do the troubleshooting for you. Don’t let your comfort, hygiene, and even safety come second to saving a few bucks.
Here’s why you should call an emergency plumber the moment you notice the water’s starting to pool—or even before.
Can Cause Slow/No Draining Action
The initial stage of clogging is indicated by the slow draining action. This may be caused by residue and grease buildup on the inside of your pipes, or the improper grading of your drainage. Once all your drains stop working, you’ll know your system has reached its limit.
If the problems are in the fixtures, you’ll most likely be able to handle it. However, if the clogging persists in spite of your best plumbing efforts, it’s best to call in the experts. If you’re already skeptical about your plumbing abilities in regards to the scope of the problem, leave the treatment to the professionals avoid worsening the condition.
Can Cause Potential Backup
Clogged drains can potentially lead to every homeowner’s domestic nightmare: backups. They’re visually unpleasing, completely unsanitary, and can cause that unbearable sewer smell. Perhaps the worst part is that they’re usually caused by clogs which can either be in the fixtures or in your main sewer line.
If the backup is limited to one fixture—i.e., sink, toilet, or tub—it may just be a minor clog in the drain. But if it’s present in many or all fixtures, and it happens every time you flush or pull the drain, it’s highly likely that the problem is in your main sewer system.
Thankfully, a professional emergency plumber can help you address this in no time, with very little chance of relapse.
Can Foul Odors Can Circulate
Clogged drains are usually caused by major buildup of debris like hair, shampoo and soap residue, oils, dirt, and even food particles. When clogging happens, it usually means that the drain has gone neglected—and unclean—for quite some time. Ergo, you can expect the odor to be pretty putrid. And sadly, foul odors tend to circulate.
When these deposits are allowed to accumulate, they will eventually block passages. Stagnant water coupled with the waste will produce an unpleasant smell—one that resembles sewer discharge or rotten wastes. In the worst case scenario, if left unattended long enough, the stench may reach every room in your house.
Can Cause Multiple Drains To Clog
If the clogging is in your main drain system, you can expect other utilities to clog. This ultimately means more problems and more inconveniences for your family—especially if you’re a family with four or more members.
Imagine if only one bathroom or one sink has a proper drain and you’re all rushing to get to work or school.
Instead of attempting to fix them all, one-by-one and on your own, save yourself the time and stress by dialing your plumber’s number right away. There is no temporary fix for this; plungers or chemical drain cleaners can’t manage multiple clogs. In such cases, you definitely need professional, experienced help.
Which brings us to our final point;
You Will Need An Experienced Professional
It goes without saying that you’ll definitely need a local plumber when you’re in over your head to prevent these scenarios from happening again. Plumbing professionals can essentially do the following for you:
- Check your drain system’s condition
- Diagnose the problem
- Explain the problem and solutions
- Treat the problem with the right tools and methods
It’s okay to try temporary remedies before your emergency plumber arrives, but keep it to a minimum; you could cause further damage, especially if you’re using harsh chemicals or cobbled-together house tools for quick fixes. Go ahead and DIY minor plumbing issues you’re sure you can handle, but always leave it to the experts to treat challenging drain problems.