Warning Signs Your Drain is Clogged

Clogged drain in a kitchen sink.

Clogged drains are a common issue every homeowner will eventually have to deal with at some point. If you really think about it, our drains and plumbing systems take on a lot in a given week. From hair build-up, debris, and other elements, our drains can easily become clogged if they aren’t properly cleaned.

Here are a few warning signs to look out for if you think one of your drains is clogged:

Strange Odors

Some drains may have a specific scent when you wash something down them, but a foul odor coming from your drain is not something you want to ignore. If there’s food that is stuck in your drain, bacteria can build up, causing a very distinct smell. In severe cases, a rodent could have tried to crawl through your pipes and may have gotten stuck. Either way, foul smells in your drains are not supposed to be ignored. Our team at J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning will come to your home and assess the situation with a proper drain cleaning.

Water is Draining Slowly

Slow draining water is often harmless and can be easily fixed. This is common, especially in showers, due to soap scum and hair build-up in the drain. If you notice the water in your shower or bathtub is draining slowly, there might be a minor clog. While you can try using Draino or snaking your drain at home, you can also contact our team at J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning to come out and remove the clog if you are unable to fully clear it.

Gurgling Noises

If there are noticeably loud gurgling sounds coming from your drain, there could be air trapped in your plumbing system due to an obstruction. Keep an ear out for strange gurgling noises because they cannot go unaddressed.

Water Backing Up

If you notice that water is backing up into your tub, shower, or sink, especially after flushing the toilet, you're likely dealing with a clog in your sewer line. This can be caused by material buildup but is also a common sign that tree roots have broken into and blocked off your pipes.

Sudden Green Spots on Your Lawn

If you notice especially green patches on your lawn or other areas of sudden irregularity, there's a good chance that one of your external pipes has failed. Other signs of this include spots of increased dampness or strange odors from drain entrances.

Debris Coming From Your Taps

If you notice any grime or gunk coming out of your taps, especially when you first turn it on, there's a good chance you have a severe clog somewhere in your pipes.

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, our team at J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning is here to help! We’ll show up with the necessary equipment and get the job done right the first time, no matter how severe the clog is. Give us a call at (215) 987-4607 for high-quality drain cleaning services.