Sometimes slow drains are easily managed on your own. However, consistently dealing with a slow drain can be a sign of a bigger problem requiring the help of a professional plumber. Pay attention to these warning signs if you are experiencing a problem with your drains. Call Estes Services for help in clearing your lines, so water flows freely throughout your home.
Slow Drains Are Consistent
You might not stress over an occasional slow drain here or there. Plunging or snaking the drain seems to do the trick, and you probably think the issue is due to hair caught in the line. Sometimes, this is true. However, consistently dealing with slow drains can be your plumbing’s way of saying there is a bigger problem.
Older pipes are fragile and need a gentler touch to deal with even a minor clog. A professional plumber has the tools needed to clear old pipes, reducing the amount of damage impacted on them during drain cleaning. Attempting to unclog older pipes yourself can result in damaged lines, leading to a burst pipe.
Sounds of Gurgling
If your slow drain produces gurgling noises, it’s likely there is air trapped in the line with the clog. Air trapped in the pipe can be a challenge for homeowners, resulting in drastic steps a short distanced to disaster in the end. A more dangerous possibility is the clog is in the sewer drain, sending sewer gas up through your pipes. Unless you are a professional, knowing the difference between regular air and gas in the line is almost impossible to diagnose.
Call Estes Services to have your sewer lines inspected and cleaned immediately if you suspect the gurgling noise is sewer related. The longer you wait, the more dangerous the problem can become. Our main priority is to keep you and your family safe while eliminating any clogs within your sewer lines.
Signs of Black Sludge
A slow drain caused by a clog can sometimes produce a black sludge seeping out of your drains. The black sludge is the result of toothpaste, hair, skin cells and other materials flushed down the drain, resulting in the formation of bacteria. If you notice black sludge coming up through your drains, a clog is the likely culprit. Plunging the drain isn’t a permanent solution, which guarantees the clog will return sooner rather than later. Stop black sludge in its tracks by calling a plumber from Estes Services to clear the line and rid your home of the nasty bacterial substance.
Prevent disaster in your plumbing system by treating slow drains early. Proper drain cleaning services and the right tools will get your drains back to perfect working order. Call Estes Services for help with your slow drains today!