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How Can I Tell if My Drain is About to Clog?

Clogged Drains Are More Common Than You Think

Believe it or not, one of the most common plumbing problems a homeowner can run into is a clogged drain. Whether it be in the kitchen sink or the bathtub in your master bedroom, no drain is off-limits. However, while clogs appear to pop up out of nowhere, there are a few ways you can tell that one might be forming before it’s too late; here’s what to keep in mind:

How Can I Tell if My Drain is on the Verge of a Clog?

Water Drains Slowly

After you’ve finished washing your hands in the skin, does the water seem to disappear as quickly as can be, or does it tend to leave the basin at a tortoise's pace? If it’s anything like that latter, that can indicate that the drainpipe has a blockage — and it will only worsen if not taken care of right away.

The reason this happens is due to misuse of your drain. Whether that be due to disposing of solid, dense foods down it or you haven’t cleaned hair out of it in quite some time, all of these factors can add up and narrow the only route water has to escape.

The Drain Has a Foul Odor

While on the topic of disposing of things down your drain, it’s possible that those items could be causing your drain to smell — but why is that? Well, when food, grease, or hair is lodged in a drain for quite some time, bacteria can buildup — which causes that foul smell.

While there are a few quick fixes on the market to help the smell go away and clear the drain (we’re looking at you, chemical drain cleaner), these can cause more harm than good in the long run. So, when you find yourself with a stubborn, foul-smelling drain, it’s essential to call and rely upon the help of a trusted drain cleaning professional right away.

Keep Your Drains Flowing Freely With a Little TLC

As professional drain and sewer contractors, we offer various options for drain and sewer needs. We’re also equipped with all the cutting-edge tools and technology your home or business needs, from high-powered jetting to trenchless piping to camera inspections.

If you run into a problem with your drain, give your friends at TLC Drain & Sewer a call at (215) 639-7473!