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Five Signs That Your Drains Need Cleaning

Posted on February 12th, 2018

The last thing that any homeowner needs is battling showers, tubs, sinks and other plumbing areas in the home that won’t drain properly at all. Most drains will give you signs that it’s time for a cleaning to keep your home in good repair. Plumbing & A/C Medic recommends you look for the following signs that indicate servicing is necessary.

Water Drains Slowly

This is perhaps the single most noticeable sign that something is wrong with your drains. When they don’t eliminate wastewater efficiently, it means that an obstruction is located somewhere in your pipes. If only one sink or drain is affected, the problem could be localized, but if several drains in your home are emptying slowly, the problem could be further down the line.

Water Backs Up

If water returns after initially going down a drain, it’s another sign that your pipes need cleaning. Water can back up into a nearby sink or tub when you flush a toilet or are running an appliance like a dishwasher or a washing machine.

Flies Near the Drain

Tiny fruit and drain flies sometimes hover around a drain in hot summer months. Although they may only seem like an annoyance, they are attracted to the scent of sewage located somewhere within the drain. These tiny flies love to live in clogged drains. Call for a cleaning immediately if you see them.

Unpleasant Smells

odd, strong odors can indicate more than a simple clog. If waste-like smells are coming from your drains, you could have sewage backing up. In this instance, cleaning will go beyond unclogging the drain. The experts at Plumbing & A/C Medics will also have to take measures to ensure that sewage is flowing int he right direction.

Strange Noises

If your drains emit unusual noises, such as bubbling or gurgling, it means that water is being forced through a small space to drain. Serious blockages can lead to cracked or broken pipes.

Cleaning drains on your own can be a dangerous proposition as you can damage your pipes if you do the wrong thing. For the best results, contact one of the professionals at Plumbing & A/C Medic. Our experienced technicians will quickly and accurately diagnose your problem and repair it in no time. We provide same day service for clients in Phoenix’s east, west and central valleys.