Drain cleaning is something that often goes neglected. Your drains are among the most important parts of your home. Water has to go somewhere, plus you can’t afford to have household waste back up or not drain at all.

If you think there are drain problems, they should be repaired right away. There are more advantages to drain cleaning in Portland OR than you might realize. First, a drain problem can be masking something more serious, like a blocked or broken pipe. Fixing water damage and everything that can go along with it is much more expensive and intrusive than drain cleaning.

Fortunately, drain problems often come with subtle signs at first. They may worsen slowly over time. If you notice any changes in how the drains are working, consult an expert. Here are three common signs your drains may need to be cleaned.

  1. Slow or no draining: Clogs tend to build up slowly unless some large objects suddenly fall through. Kitchen sinks and tubs tend to start draining more slowly as hair, soap, and other gunk steadily build up under the drain or in the pipe. Foods, grease, and fats can easily coat the pipes under kitchen drains.
  2. If the water is not draining at all, this is a much bigger problem. It can cause serious damage to your plumbing. Unhealthy waste can be trapped as well. There are some pretty nasty things that you don’t want staying in your home and that functional modern plumbing takes care of.

  3. Bad smells: You might notice a bad odor, like something rotting, coming from a drain. That’s a pretty good sign whatever should be draining is not. There could be a clog caused by rotting food. Rodents and other small animals can get trapped in drains. That’s not a survivable place so you’ll smell it once their carcasses start decaying.
  4. The toilet is overflowing. This is never a good thing. Just like any drain, the pipe under your toilet is prone to having small objects stuck and getting clogged up. The filling water will just top off the bowl and eventually flow out if there’s nowhere for it to go. A plunger often fixes the problem. For deeper obstructions, professional equipment may be needed, and you’ll have to call a plumber.

These are among the most common symptoms of a clogged drain. The water may drain more slowly at first, but this is when you should act. Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing for drain cleaning in Portland OR so a professional can examine the problem and clear blockages, open the pipes, and make any necessary repairs before more damage occurs.

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