Common Warning Signs of Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are a common household problem, and they can quickly become a serious issue if they aren’t taken care of. If you can see the warning signs of a blocked drain, then you can identify any problems and nip them in the bud before they become an even bigger issue.

Here are some of the most common signs to be on the lookout for, so you can avoid disaster before it strikes.


Slow Draining Water

The most common sign of a blocked drain is when the water is draining too slowly. This can occur in a sink, shower, bathtub or any other household drain, and is invariably caused by a blockage. Something is obstructing the pipe, and the water isn’t able to escape as quickly as it should.

Unpleasant Smells

A second common sign of a blocked drain is an unpleasant odour. This is caused by bits of food or other organic materials getting caught in the drain and beginning to decompose. You should use a stopper to prevent particles of food going down the sink, and always take care to put organic waste in a green recycling bin or compost, instead of washing it down the drain.
Blockages and odours in showers and bathtubs can also be caused by human hair clogging up the drain; you should keep your bathroom clean to avoid these issues.

Ominous Gurgling Sounds

Sometimes you can tell that a drain has become blocked by the sound it makes. A gurgling sound indicates that there is trapped air inside the drain, and it is escaping when you run the water. This means that there is a blockage, otherwise the water would be able to flow freely and (relatively) quietly.

Water Resurgence / Localised Flooding

If a blockage becomes severe, you will end up with pools of water around the opening of the drain. This is a sign that your problem needs to be dealt with immediately, as the drain is actually backed up and water is unable to drain away. To avoid further flooding or water resurgence you should call a professional immediately.

A professional engineer will be able to tell exactly where the problem lies, whether it is grease, food particles, or fat. We here at DMS (BUCKS) LIMITED are an expert drainage company who specialise in cleaning and repairing drains. We have years of experience and use the latest equipment in order to unblock drains promptly and can even help you salvage a damaged drain by repairing or relining.

If you’re dealing with a drain problem that you can’t resolve, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help

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