Unexpected Signs That Your Pipes are Clogged

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It’s not always obvious when your pipes are clogged. Here are some telltale signs to watch for.


Stains Around Drains

You may notice residue or a stain near a floor drain pipe. With a clogged drain, the water level can rise above the floor and slowly drain away, leaving sediment from dirty water on the floor around the drain. You may also find this at other drains like showers or tubs. These problems typically don’t fix themselves so have a plumber clean your drains and inspect your pipes if you notice staining around a drain.


Gurgling Sounds

If you notice unusually loud gurgling noises coming from your drains as you drain water from your sink, shower, or tub, you probably have a clog. The gurgling sounds happen when there is a disruption in the way that water is flowing, caused by a blockage somewhere in your drain.


Unpleasant Odour

Notice something stinky coming from your drain? That usually happens when there is some kind of organic material, like food waste, blocking up the pipes. The organic material begins to break down and lets off a funky smell, which then makes its way up your pipes and out the drain, right into your kitchen or bathroom. Yuck!


Changes in Toilet Water Level

If you notice that your toilet water level is changing, this is a good indicator that your water pressure is fluctuating–another symptom of clogged pipes. If your toilet water is noticeably higher or lower than usual or is changing a lot, it’s time to call a plumber to check for clogs.


Debris in Your Water

If you notice gunk and debris coming out of your faucet with your water on a regular basis, this is a surefire sign that you have a major clog. This is usually the symptom of a clog caused by poor drain care. To prevent this, be mindful of what you allow to go down your drains, avoiding oils and grease, fibrous food bits like vegetable peels, and paper products.

Do you suspect a clog in your pipes? If so, get in touch with Butler Plumbing, Heating, & Gasfitting today. We’ll inspect and clean your pipes and have them running smoothly again in no time.

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