Signs Your Drains Are Clogged

Warning signs of a clogged drain line

  • Slow-draining drains could be a sign of a clogged or partially clogged drain.

  • Gurgling while draining is usually a sign of a partial blockage in the system. Vents in your home's Drain/Waste/Vent system promote airflow throughout the piping system. As water drains, the vents allow pressures to remain neutral throughout the system. As water flows through the pipe, a partial blockage will cut off that airflow. Usually, the air will pass, allowing the water to continue draining; but when a blockage closes off the pipe completely, the air will escape via the drain instead. This is why you may hear gurgling.

  • Unpleasant odors: Sewer gas is a generic term for the noxious mix of chemicals that are the by-product of decaying waste. You'll know you have a sewer gas problem if you smell the distinct odor of rotten eggs in your home.

  • Water coming back up your drains and other fixtures like toilets, bathtubs or washing machines and floor drains indicates a blockage. If you have a full blockage further down the line, you might experience backups from other fixtures in the home.

Signs of clogged drain

Slow drains are a nuisance and a possible sign of troubles ahead