Need your drains unblocked? Here’s when to call a professional

Apr 6, 2023 | News

Blocked drains can be a frustrating and unpleasant problem to deal with. While there are some DIY methods you can try, such as using a plunger or drain snake, sometimes it’s best to call in the professionals. In this guide, we’ll help you identify when it’s time to seek help and provide tips for finding the right services to have your drains unblocked effectively.

Signs of a blocked drain

There are several signs that indicate you may have a blocked drain. These include slow draining water in sinks, showers, or baths, gurgling sounds coming from the drains, unpleasant odors coming from the drains, and water backing up into other fixtures when you use them. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health hazards.

DIY methods to try before calling a professional

Before calling in a professional drain unblocker, there are a few DIY methods you can try to clear the blockage yourself. One option is to use a plunger to try and dislodge the blockage. Another option is to use a drain snake or auger to physically remove the blockage. You can also try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to break down the blockage. However, if these methods don’t work or if you’re unsure about what you’re doing, it’s best to call in a professional to avoid causing further damage.

When to call a professional drain unblocked

If you’ve tried DIY methods to unblock your drains and they haven’t worked, it’s time to call in the professionals. Other signs that it’s time to seek help include recurring blockages, slow draining water, foul odors coming from your drains, and gurgling sounds when water is draining. It’s important to find a reputable and experienced drain unblocking service to ensure the problem is properly diagnosed and resolved.

How to choose the right drain unblocking service

When choosing a service that can get your drain unblocked, it’s important to do your research and find a reputable and experienced company. Look for reviews and recommendations from previous customers, and make sure the company has the necessary licenses and insurance. It’s also important to ask about their methods and equipment for unblocking drains, as well as their pricing and any guarantees or warranties they offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and compare multiple companies before making a decision.

Preventative measures to avoid future blockages

While it’s important to know when to call in the professionals for blocked drains, it’s also important to take preventative measures to avoid future blockages. This includes regularly cleaning out your drains and pipes, avoiding flushing non-degradable items down the toilet, and being mindful of what you pour down your sink. Additionally, consider installing drain covers or strainers to catch any debris before it enters your pipes. By taking these steps, you can help prevent future blockages and save yourself the hassle and expense of calling in a drain-unblocking service.

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