Drains Acting Funky? 4 Signs That They Need To Be Cleaned

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If you've recently moved into an older home, it might be a good idea to clean the drains. Dirty drains can lead to some unexpected – and serious – plumbing issues. Unfortunately, you can't just look at your drains to determine whether they need cleaning, or not. However, you can pay attention to some of the tell-tale signs that they might be trying to share with you. Here are four signs that you should have a plumber come out to clean the drains in your home.

Drains Are Sluggish

One of the problems with dirty drain pipes is that they can make your water drain very slowly. The reason that dirty drain pipes are so sluggish is because they're filled with food and other debris. Over time, that debris closes off the drain pipes, making it more difficult for debris to flow through properly. If your drains are acting sluggish, it's time to have them cleaned out.

Frequent Clogs

If you've been dealing with frequent clogs in your new home, it's most likely caused by dirty drain pipes. This is particularly true if you're experiencing clogs throughout the house, and not just one particular drain. Hair, grease, and even human waste can clog up the drains, making it impossible for anything else to filter through. To remove the debris, and stop the clogs, you'll need to have your drains cleaned.

Foul Odors Coming from Drains

Foul odors can destroy the sanctity of your home, especially if those odors are coming up through the drains. Foul odors are particularly bothersome if you have a septic tank, especially once the tank overfills. If your septic tank is overfilled, the excess waste can back up into the drain pipes. As the gases build up in the tank, the odors get pushed back up into your home through the drains. To help prevent these odors, it's a good idea to have your drains cleaned each time you have the septic tank emptied.

Brown Water Backing Up into Tubs

If your drain pipes are filled with waste, you may begin to experience brown water backing up into your bathtubs. This is due to the fact that your drains are too dirty to allow waste water to flow from your home properly. When waste water is unable to flow through the drains properly, it will back up into your home. If you've got brown water backing up into your tubs, it's time to call the plumber.

If the drains in your home are giving you problems, you may need to have them cleaned. If you're experiencing any of the signs described here, you should contact a plumber as soon as possible.

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