The drains are a critical part of your home that many often forget. In most cases, they work efficiently to remove the wastewater and products from your home and transport them to the mains drains or your septic tank. It is only when there is an issue with your drains that brings it to your attention!
However, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by investing in a pipe inspection camera. This is slid into your drains periodically and allows you to check the condition. You are able to identify clogs or breakages in the pipes before you face a larger issue.
One of the worst issues you can face is when the system backs up. In short, the wastewater that should be going into the mains drain comes back into your home through the shower, toilet, and sink drains.
Regular servicing is best. But, you should also be aware of the five most common and silent signs that you have a drain issue. If this is something you want to know more about, we invite you to continue reading to learn about the five silent signs that there is an issue with your drains.
Learning to Identify When There is an Issue with Your Drains
1. The distinct smell.
The most common symptom of a drain issue is the aroma. You will notice the distinct smell coming from your bathroom and perhaps in your yard, specifically along the route of your main drain pipe. This aroma tells you that the objects inside the pipes are not moving away from your home in the way they should be. It is only a matter of time before the drain becomes clogged and the wastewater comes out in your home.
2. Slow drains.
Drains that take a long time to drain are telling you that there is limited room for the water and waste products to get down the drain. In effect, you have a clog. They can start for many reasons, from something that was out down the toilet that shouldn’t have been to a broken drain pipe.
It is essential to sort this problem as quickly as possible to ensure you don’t have a bigger problem in the near future.
3. High water bills.
Higher than average water bills tell you that you have a leak that needs to be sorted. It can be difficult to locate the leak and you may need professional help. While this may not hint at a major drain issue it is a sign that you have a major issue.
4. Green grass.
When your main drain is damaged, often by tree roots, the sewage you are pumping out of your house can’t get past and flows into the ground around it. The result is fantastic fertilizer for the grass in that vicinity.
If you notice a patch of grass looking greener than the rest and it is on the route of the main sewer drain, you probably have a damaged pipe.
5. Bubbling paint.
Bubbling paint on your walls is generally due to moisture. There are many reasons for moisture to get into your home and walls. But, if the moisture matches where you have plumbing or vent pipes, you must suspect an issue with your mains drains and take prompt action.
Use these tips to determine if you have issues with your drains and if you need to call for maintenance. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more useful articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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