Drains are an important part of your plumbing system, and not just because they help remove waste. Drains serve as the connection point between you and much of your plumbing. That means that if there’s a problem with your plumbing or sewer system, you’re probably going to find out about it by interacting with your drains. If you know what signs to look for, you can often identify drain problems in time to prevent much of the damage they would otherwise cause. Let’s take a look at three of the signs that you have a drain problem.
I. Slow Draining
Drain clogs form slowly, beginning when waste sticks to the walls of the pipe and builds toward the center. As the waste buildup gets closer and closer to the center of the pipe, it will restrict the flow of water through it. So, if you notice that one of your drains is draining more slowly than usual, it’s a good indication that you have a clog forming. The sooner you have the drain cleaned out, the sooner you can restore full function.
II. Bad Smells
Practically all drains contain a water trap (that “U” shape in the pipe) designed to prevent sewer gases from coming back up the pipe and through the drain. If you are having bad smells coming up through one of your drains, it’s a sign that the water trap might be malfunctioning.
Backflow is when a sudden change in pressure causes sewer water to be sucked back up through the system to exit through your drains. If you are having any water coming back up through your drains, it’s a sign that you have a backflow issue. Call a professional right away to have a look at it.
If you are having drain problems, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide drain and sewer services throughout Santa Fe, NM.