Drainage issues are one of the most common problems faced in Australian homes. They can occur both inside the home and outside the house somewhere in the yard. Drains can block, get cracked or even burst, and in this article, we’ll take a look at some drainage problems to keep an eye out for. The earlier you can spot a problem, the less chance there is of any major damage occurring.
Drains That Are Slow To Empty
This is an annoying problem, although it’s not as catastrophic as a completely blocked drain. If a drain is slow to empty, it could indicate one of two issues. The most common would be that there are obstructions in the pipe somewhere which are causing the water to empty more slowly than usual. It’s not a complete blockage, but enough to hamper normal water flow.
A less common problem when drains are slow, but one that does happen occasionally, is when the plumbing vent is either partially or fully blocked. Every household has a plumbing vent which allows airflow into the drainpipes. This airflow is essential for drains to be able to clear and for toilets to flush. Without airflow, no suction in the pipes can be created to carry the water through them.
Both are issues that you’ll want to get your plumber to check.
A completely blocked drain is more than a mere annoyance. It literally means you won’t be able to use that sink or drain until the block has been cleared. Doing so would result in flooding and water damage.
The common reason why drains get blocked is from debris going down the drain that shouldn’t. In kitchens, this could be the result of food scraps building up and causing a block. In bathrooms, the most likely culprit is hair that has collected in the drain.
If plunging the drain or adding drain cleaner doesn’t resolve the problem, when you call in a plumber, they can search for the source of the blockage with the help of a CCTV camera. Your plumber will also have the tools and expertise to readily clear the blockage.
Drains Or Pipes That Are Leaking
This could occur internally under sinks or behind the walls, or there could be a leaking water pipe or drain out in the yard somewhere. Any tell-tale signs of dampness will generally let you know if you have sprung a leak.
If you notice any signs of moisture where it doesn’t belong, call your plumber ASAP.
All manner of stuff gets flushed down the drains and a build-up of scum and debris will naturally lead to offensive odours developing. Periodic cleaning and flushing of the drains will eradicate smelly drain issues, as will being careful what you flush down the drains to begin with.
Every Australian household can suffer from drainage problem. It’s important to remain diligent and call-in professional help as soon as you notice any sort of drainage problem developing. This can save you money and headaches in the long-term.