Are you experiencing drain issues? Such as frequent clogs? Or bad smells? Blocked drains are a common problem. And they can cause a lot of inconvenience and frustration. Whether it’s a clogged sink, shower, or toilet, it’s important to address the issue before it gets worse. Many people experiencing these issues opt to try and resolve them themselves. And yes there are several simple DIY solutions that can help you unblock your drain and keep your pipes flowing smoothly. However, a DIY solution may not be the best idea in some cases. In this article, we’ll share with you the 4 times we would advise that you call a professional drain expert to resolve your drainage issue. So, if you are dealing with blocked drains, keep reading to learn when you can solve the problem on your own. And more importantly, when you need to call for help.
1. Call a drain expert if a blockage reoccurs
There are many DIY methods to resolve a simple blockage. Boiling water, a plunger or a drain snake can work wonders in the right circumstances. And initially, there is no harm in trying to fix a blockage by yourself. However, if a blockage reoccurs, that is a whole other story. Recurrent blockages indicate that there may be a larger problem at play. For example, there may be a crack within your drainage system. If you experience three or more blockages within a 6 week period, we strongly recommend seeking professional help. Otherwise, minor damage will quickly escalate to a much larger issue.
2. Foul smells
Are you experiencing bad smells coming from your drains? If so, you clearly have a drainage issue. But is the issue bad enough that it requires a professional? Well, that is what you need to determine. Foul-smelling drains indicate a build-up of debris and bacteria. Clearing this build-up is the first step in determining the extent of the issue. Utilise a DIY method to do so. Such as an over-the-counter drain cleaner. Or even vinegar and hot water. If the smell clears, then hallelujah! Problem solved. However, if the smell returns, then it is time to call a drain expert because you are in need of a professional drain cleaning.
3. Call a drain expert if you experience slow draining
If your toilet or sink is slow to drain, or worse, not emptying at all, it is time to call a professional. This problem indicates a blockage within the pipes. For slow-draining pipes, try to use a plunger or a snake. However, if the problem reoccurs, call someone ASAP. And if the water is not emptying at all, don’t waste time with a DIY solution. This could cause more damage in the long run. And it could lead to an overflow of water backing up into your property. And this is an issue no one wants to encounter!
4. Rat Infestation
If you are experiencing either an internal or external rat infestation, then it is time to call in a drain professional. Typically, rat infestations start due to damage within a drainage system. Usually from breaks or cracks. This is not fixable with a DIY solution. This problem requires a CCTV drain survey, a rat blocker, and potentially drain repairs. Additionally, we recommend hiring a reputable pest control company.