If you don’t want dirty water back up into your home, proper drain maintenance is essential. Expert plumbers like those from Harris Plumbing Inc. can help ensure that your house’s drain, waste, and vent (DWV) system is in tip-top shape. There are many problems that can plague your drains and you should be aware of what they are, their possible causes, and how to resolve them.
If you suddenly start smelling bad odours near your sink, shower, tub, or toilet, you may have a vent problem. Vents are the part of your DWV system that allows sewer gas to be released out of your home. They also serve to prevent any vacuums from forming in your pipes, the presence of which can slow down the drainage of water and increase the chance of clogs. A terrible smell may indicate that a vent has deteriorated enough that sewer gas is leaking into your home; so better check on any nearby vents, and replace or seal them so they won’t leak.
Water draining slowly means that either a partial clog has formed in the pipes or the pipes are damaged. If the slow drainage is only occurring in one drain, then the blockage is probably in a nearby pipe. However, if it’s happening throughout your house, the problem may be stemming from your main sewer line, which is your home’s connection to the city sewer. A recent article on Recordnet.com by Angie Hicks gives a tip in case the problem is with the main sewer line of the house:
If a plumber or drain cleaner tells you the problem is with your home’s main line to the sewer, and that you’ll need to replace or reline it at a cost of several thousand dollars, take the time to get a second opinion. Also, make sure that any plumber you hire is appropriately licensed, insured and bonded, and has positive consumer reviews on a trusted site.
If left untreated, the partial clogs that cause slow drains can become full-fledged blockages that completely stop your drain system from working. These blockages are often caused by dirt and debris accumulating in the pipes, which is why regular drain cleaning for Richmond Hill homes is important. If a full blockage does develop, don’t think twice about calling for professional help. A skilled plumber with his know-how and tools can efficiently deal with such drain problems.
(Source: Ask Angie: Slow drain sinks bathroom, Recordnet.com, September 13, 2014)