Drain Problems That Require A Professional
In a do-it-yourself culture, almost every homeowner will have a set of generic tools they try to fix everything with. From hammers and spanners to plungers and screw drivers, there’s a tool for everything, but what if you have a drainage or plumbing issue that you’re anxious about fixing yourself? Firstly, we strongly advise that you do not try to fix these problems yourself, as you could cause further damage and harm yourself in the process. Secondly, there are numerous drainage issues which could occur that only a professional will be able to rectify.
In this article, we’ll be explaining the drainage problems you should steer clear of. Instead, a professional should be called to deal with the situation. Here at Power Rod, we have a team of dedicated specialists who will be able to help, so you know who to call when a drainage problem arises.
Problems Requiring A Professional
Many problems can occur with your drainage system, and while there may be an easy fix for some of these issues, there are others that require professional help, including:
Clogged toilets and sinks
If excess water begins to collect in your sink, toilet or bathtub and remains persistent, then you could have a partial or complete drain blockage. The danger here is that the clog could be of a considerable size and be located deep in the pipe. The only way to rectify this is to call out a specialist.
Sewer drain blockage
A sewer drain clog occurs if water cannot flow into a septic tank or a municipal waste system. This is deemed a plumbing emergency when waste water starts to flow back up through the drains. If you’re not sure whether you’re experiencing a sewer drain blockage, look for an abundance of clogged fixtures or strange noises when running a tap or flushing the toilet.
Damage caused by tree roots
If trees grow around or near your house, then a tree root could be the cause of your drainage problem. Common signs of drains that have been blocked with tree roots include:
- Gurgling sounds from the toilet
- Drains that flow slowly
It’s important that immediate action is taken to have the tree roots removed, or a complete sewer line blockage could occur. If this happens, you could be left with a rather hefty bill, as tree roots have the potential to crush pipes if not dealt with.
Cracks and breaks in the line
Cleaning your pipes incorrectly could damage them, especially if you usually use a highly abrasive drain cleaner. Not only this, but drains can develop cracks over time, mainly due to changes occurring in the ground or foundations in which the pipes are buried. If a crack develops in your drainage pipes, they should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent other problems from occurring.
How To Maintain A Healthy Drainage System
In order to maintain a healthy drainage system, there are a few things you should do that will save you time and money in the long run, including:
Buy a drain guard
These are small, round plastic or metal discs that sit in your plughole. These are designed to catch debris, subsequently preventing it from flowing down the drain. The guard can be taken out and any material it catches can be disposed of in an ordinary bin.
Use drain cleaner
Pour the solution down the drain as instructed by the manufacturer, then wash it all away with boiling hot water. This process should be repeated once a month, and done with a non-abrasive cleaner. This will help to stop your pipes corroding due to harsh chemicals.
Maintain food waste disposals
If you have a food waste disposal in your sink, this should be turned off at the wall and then cleaned using a sturdy brush. You could also try cleaning it by using crushed ice and table salt, helping to cut grease and grime off the disposal’s interior.
Take care when washing pets
If you have pets that you wash in the sink or bathtub, then you should make sure that excess hair is prevented from going down the drain. To do this, lay a washcloth over the plughole to catch fur and other materials – these can be disposed of later in a general bin.
Inspect your property regularly
The majority of the time, drainage problems aren’t noticeable until it’s too late, so taking the time to thoroughly inspect your property for signs of a drainage issue could save you money in the long-run. Keep an eye out for signs of leakage or unpleasant drain smells.
Call the professionals
If you do spot a drainage issue, or if you’d like help maintaining your drains, call on the professionals. Power Rod have a multitude of different services available that you’ll be able to benefit from.
Drainage Services At Power Rod
If you’re experiencing drainage problems, then look no further than Power Rod for help. We offer a comprehensive range of services, suitable for both domestic and commercial clients. Our services include:
- Drain Repairs
- Drain Unblocking
- Drain Jetting
- Drain Cleaning
- Drainage Excavations
- CCTV Drain Surveys
- Manhole Cover and Gully Grate Repairs
Regardless of the service you require, we’re dedicated to ensuring fast call-out times and competitive prices. We’re even able to provide emergency drainage callouts for issues that require our immediate attention.
If you’d like more information about the drainage services we provide, including commercial drainage, contact a member of our friendly team today – we operate throughout Bedford, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, St Albans, Stevenage and the surrounding areas.