Orange County leader in residential home service discusses how clogs can stop up your entire home and the top warning signs that your drainage system needs inspection
YORBA LINDA, Calif. September 28, 2016 – When your drains get completely clogged, it’s probably too late for a quick fix. The experts at Excalibur, a leading Orange County plumbing, heating and air conditioning company offers tips to help keep your home drainage system in good order, which saves you time and money.
“Unfortunately, clogged drains are a fairly common problem in today’s homes,” said Brian Vardiman, owner of Excalibur. “Every part of your plumbing is connected through your drains. When you see dirty and clogged drains, you’ll see the effects throughout your home in poor water flow and issues with your plumbing fixtures. Residue can even back up into your septic or sewer system. Many homeowners believe that problems caused by dirty drains are due to low water pressure, but that’s not true. Water pressure should remain constant in all parts of your home. So, if you’ve noticed a change in water flow, you most likely have clogged or dirty drains.”
Vardiman notes that many plumbers don’t recognize the seriousness of what can appear on the surface to be a small problem. “If you’re seeing the same problems crop up again and again, the likely root cause is dirty or clogged drains in your home, and we are trained and equipped to fix those issues. We use video inspection technology to take out any guesswork so we know exactly what we’re dealing with.”
Here are some warning signs that your problem may be worse than you think:
- A single slow drain usually means something is caught in the drainpipe. But when slow drains start to occur in sinks, showers, and bathtubs all around your home, it means the problem lies much deeper in the plumbing system—likely in the sewer line.
- As clogs develop inside sewer and drain lines, sewer gases will be forced back up the pipes and through the drains, causing foul smells and gurgling sounds to come from the drain.
- If you have a basement, issues will show up there first. As sewage starts to back up because of a clog, you’ll notice it first around drains in the basement. Water spots accompanied by bad odors are a major warning that something has blocked up the sewer line.
“If you notice any of these warning signs in your home, it’s time to call an expert,” said Vardiman. “Having a certified plumber come out as soon as possible can help you mitigate damage and avoid costly repairs that otherwise could have been avoided.”