Signs your drains are blocked

Maintain Drains plumber unblocking external drain

Sometimes, it’s hard to work out if your drains are blocked. Drainage issues are a common problem with pipes and there are a number of reasons why this happens. Finding the common indications to a blocked drain can help to find out what to do next.

1. Unusual noise coming from the drains

There are many signs to warn you if your drains are blocked, noises coming from your drain are a big giveaway. If you can hear gurgling noises coming from your drain, it could mean there is air trapped in the pipes. When the water runs through the drains, it will try to flow around the blockage. This pushed the water and the air, causing a gurgling noise.

The trapped air could be because of the build-up of rubbish in the drains. This can be grease, soap, oil and food. Because of the build-up, it can then affect how quickly your water can drain.

2. Water draining slowly

If there is any blockage in your pipes, your water will drain slower than usual. You can test this by how slowly the water drains from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. If you think it is slower than usual, it could be one of the first signs that your drains are blocked.

This happens because the blockage is stopping the water flowing through the pipes as normal. Depending on what is blocked in the pipes, the water has to filter through the blockage. This can take significantly longer, affect how quickly your pipes can drain.

3. Bad smell coming from the drains

Another sign of a blocked drain can be a bad odour coming from your bath, sink, shower or toilet. This smell may even appear even worse when the taps are turned on.

This commonly happens because food debris has gathered and are now stuck in the pipes. As the food decomposes, it can create an unpleasant smell.

Are your drains blocked or is it the sewers?

You will probably be able to tell by now if your drains are blocked. In more dramatic cases, water will not be able to flow down the drain and even overflow in your sink, bath or toilet. There will probably also be a bad odour around your drains and inspection chambers.

One of the best ways to tell where the problem lies is to see if your neighbours also having issues with their pipes. If not, it is likely that your drain is blocked. If others are having a problem then it is more likely to be the sewers.

What to do next

Finding and clearing the drains blockage can be easily resolved with Maintain Drains. Blocked drains can commonly be flushed through with drain jetting. This is a simple process of firing high-pressure water down your drains and pipes to clear the blockages. We can provide a quick and sensibly priced service aimed at resolving your blocked drains problems.


How can I get help with 24-hour drain unblocking services?

If you’re experiencing a drain blockage emergency, it’s crucial to seek assistance promptly to prevent further damage and inconvenience. Maintain Drains offers 24-hour drain unblocking services to address urgent drainage issues anytime, day or night.

What should I do if I have a badly blocked toilet?

A badly blocked toilet can be a major inconvenience and cause significant disruption to your daily routine. If you’re dealing with a severely clogged toilet, it’s essential to take action promptly to prevent overflowing and potential water damage. First, try using a plunger to attempt to dislodge the blockage by creating suction and pushing it through the drain. If plunging is unsuccessful, avoid flushing the toilet repeatedly, as this can make the problem worse. Instead, consider using a toilet auger or calling a professional plumbing service like Maintain Drains for assistance.

How can I address a badly clogged toilet effectively?

Dealing with a badly clogged toilet can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to address the issue effectively. Start by turning off the water supply to the toilet to prevent further flooding or overflow. Next, use a plunger to try to dislodge the blockage by creating suction and pushing it through the drain. If plunging doesn’t work, consider using a toilet auger.

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