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What to Do If You Have Backed-Up Drains

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Dealing with backed-up drains is no easy task. Trying to fix your drains yourself can look like an attractive option for saving money, but the risks you face if something goes wrong are not worth the hassle. A professional can get your drains flowing again quickly and safely while helping prevent issues from resurfacing. They have access to powerful tools and techniques to efficiently and effectively remove debris deep inside the pipes or repair broken lines.

If you have a drain problem, Wind River Environmental is here to help. Schedule a service by contacting us at (877) 560-9007.

Why You Should Be Concerned About Backed-Up Drains

Backed-up drains constitute a significant plumbing nightmare. They're caused by blockages or damage that prevents the free flow of water along the lines, meaning your appliances, like sinks, toilets, and dishwashers, won't function properly. Not having access to them can dramatically alter how you take care of your everyday tasks, from laundry to cooking.

But the worst part about backed-up drains is they can lead to wastewater seeping into your home. That's definitely not something anyone would want! That’s why keeping an eye on your plumbing appliances and pipes is so important. Who knew clogged drains could be such a hazard?

How Do You Know If You Have Backed Up Drains?

Several indicators might signify a drain problem. One of the most telltale is that water takes longer to drain from your sinks, showers, and toilets. Another sign of a slow or clogged drainage system is gurgling or bubbling noises from your plumbing fixtures. Also, if your water has an unusual or rusty color, this could indicate sediment buildup and should be examined. Contaminants in water can also signify an unhealthy plumbing system.

Common causes of backed-up drains include the following:

  • Debris buildup: Everyday materials such as hair, food scraps, and soap residue can accumulate over time and obstruct water from passing through. This buildup can also allow for mold growth which further contributes to clogging.
  • Tree roots: Roots can grow through the plumbing system, preventing water from flowing smoothly and potentially leading to clogs. Additionally, if the tree roots are large enough, they can wrap around and crush pipes, making them too narrow for debris to pass through.
  • Aged lines: Older pipes made from lower-quality material can easily become damaged or corroded over time, leading to cracks, holes, and gaps that can cause debris to build up. As the debris accumulates, it can obstruct water from passing through, resulting in backed-up drains. Additionally, these older pipes may be too narrow for debris to pass through, further contributing to clogs.

Luckily, you can take steps to prevent drain issues from occurring. First and foremost, be sure only to allow acceptable materials down the drain. In most cases, that means just toilet paper and water. Additionally, if you have outdoor drainage pipes, avoid planting trees or plants nearby. Their roots can grow into the line and cause clogs. With these measures in place, you can prevent blockages.

Problems You Face If You Try to Fix Your Drains Yourself

Trying to fix backed-up drains yourself can be an ordeal. While things like plungers or liquid drain cleaners may seem like a quick fix, they might just be a band-aid solution to the larger problem. Using these products won't necessarily address the root cause of any underlying issue, so you may have backups again soon.

On top of that, some drain cleaning products have ingredients that can harm your plumbing system and the environment. Additionally, if you use a snake, you might accidentally cause more damage, as not all lines can handle this process.

It's also important to remember that it might not just be an obstruction causing a clog. The pipes could be broken, requiring professional attention and special tools for repair.

Lastly, opting to DIY your drain fixes can eat up more time, from diagnosing what’s wrong to going out and getting the right tools for the job. The project might take significantly longer than it would for a professional!

How a Professional Can Help Get Your Drains Flowing Again

Calling a professional when you have a clogged drain is always best. With the correct machines and equipment, they can properly diagnose the issue and develop an effective solution for you. A video inspection will give them a better sense of the problem and how to fix it.

Drain cleaning methods, like snaking or jetting, might need to be done to remove blockages. If pipes need repairing, pipelining is an effective way of getting the work done. The method involves installing a pipe within a pipe, preventing disruption caused by traditional methods.

Because professionals have years of training and experience, they know how to handle these tools and techniques. Thus, your drain problem will be taken care of immediately and correctly.

From New England to Florida, our team helps with drain issues. Contact Wind River Environmental at (877) 560-9007.