8 Telling Signs of a Drain Emergency

Coastal Drains are experts in all things drainage. No matter what the problem is, our team of experts are available to come to your rescue. We are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to fix a variety of drainage issues, including yours!

But how do you know if your drain needs fixing in the first place? Well, there are some common signs of drain emergencies which indicate your drains could be causing you problems. If not dealt with immediately, could cause significant damage to your plumbing system, home interior and appliances. So, to avoid any fatalities, here are the 8 signs of a drainage emergency.

1. Slow-Flowing Water

Slow Flowing Tap

Often, a common drain issue is slow-flowing water and it’s something many people ignore – assuming it will go away on its own. However, slow-flowing water rarely fixes itself. In fact, it is often an indication that there is a more significant issue further into your drainage system, such as a broken drain pipe or a blockage.

If you have a blockage or a broken pipe that is causing slow-flowing water and you leave it untreated, it is likely you will cause a flood or a pipe will burst, spewing water all over your home interior. Therefore, it is best to call Coastal Drains as soon as you discover slow-flowing water down your drains.

2. Low Water Pressure from Your Taps

Dripping Tap

Water pressure is extremely important for the normal function of your drainage system and ensures that your drains flush through waste water effectively. If you are experiencing minimal water pressure running from your taps, it could mean there has been a burst water main in your area due to works being carried out. Alternatively, it could indicate a broken drain pipe which can cause your drain to overflow, collapse or break entirely. As low water pressure is an emergency signal of a more serious problem, it is best to call Coastal Drains today to avoid an emergency situation.

3. Drain Flooding

Flooding

Perhaps we don’t need to tell you but drains that are flooded are a strong sign of a drainage emergency. Blocked drains and broken pipes commonly cause drain flooding and can have a drastic effect on your living situation, home interior and hygiene. Drain flooding is one of the most common drainage issues our staff at Coastal Drains get called out to fix on a weekly basis. If your drain is flooding, call us immediately so that we can fix the problem as quickly and efficiently as possible – with minimal water damage to your property as possible.

4. Frozen Drain Pipes

Frozen

Winter is once again creeping up on us, the days are shortening and the weather is turning colder. Along with its many difficulties, winter can also cause problems for your drainage system, such as frozen drain pipes. Pipes can easily become frozen during the winter if warm water does not flow through them regularly. Once your pipes freeze, they are far more susceptible to bursting. Therefore, while you contact a member of our staff for help, we would advise you turn off your water supply via the stop tap just to be safe. Our specialists will be able to advise you further on the best solution. Avoid fixing the problem yourself as this can often lead to broken or burst pipes.

5. Burst Pipes

Burst Pipe

If you discover that your pipes have burst, the first thing you need to do is turn off the water at the stop tap and your boiler immediately. Be sure to open all taps in the house to drain the entire water system thoroughly. This will ensure, despite your pipes being burst, that no further water floods into your home.

If any pipes have burst near an electrical system, it is extremely important you switch off the mains as soon as possible to avoid any accidents. It doesn’t matter how big or small the leak is, you must call Coastal Drains as soon as you discover a puddle of water from your drains as it can be the first small sign of a significant drain emergency.

6. Bad Odours Emanating from the Drains

Bad smell

One of the most obvious signs of a drain emergency are bad odours emanating from the drains. Foul smalls are dead giveaway that you have a blockage in your drain where stagnant water and decomposing solids have gathered. Commonly, bad odours as a result of blocked drains are detected in kitchen sinks, toilets, bath tubs and shower drains.

The bad smell coming from your drain may well begin to occur before any visual symptoms emerge. If you start to smell anything unusual, don’t ignore it, it won’t go away on its own! Call Coastal Drains as a matter of urgency today.

7. Unusual Sounds

Sound

Drainage emergencies, as we are discovering, can be clear through various signs and one of these is hearing unusual sounds. Gurgling noises coming from your drains, toilet flush and plug holes are all indications that there may be trapped air in your pipes. Trapped air in the pipes is commonly caused by build-ups of debris in the drains such as grease, oil, food and soap. As the drain tries to retain its normal running, it pushes water and air around the blockages which causes the unusual gurgling sounds.

If you have any unusual sounds emanating from your drains, no matter how minor, call our Coastal Drain specialists today for helpful and professional advice. Our team will help get your drains back up and running again.

8. Waterlogged Lawn, Plants Growing Near Sewer Line

Wet Grass

Finally, there are signs your drains are struggling to work properly that can be spotted outside your property. Often, you will find your lawn has become waterlogged and there are plants growing near the sewer line. These are both signs of a severe blockage which is hindering your drains effective function. If you discover such problems outside of your home, call our professionals today to come and evaluate your drain and take the action required.

Contact Us Today

All the above points are common signs of a drainage emergency and will be experienced by the majority of households at some point in time. But if you discover you have one or more of these problems with your drains, there is no need to panic! Our professional drainage experts are available to advise you, answer any questions and assess the damage. We offer effective and fast emergency assistance to customers around the UK, ensuring the best services at extremely cost-effective rates. So, what are you waiting for? Call us today!

Author: Greg Child

Greg is an expert in drainage and has been in the business for over 30 years. He's the owner of Coastal Drains Ltd and a very, very friendly chap.

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