14 Jul Drain Camera Inspection
When a homeowner’s clog becomes too much to handle, it’s time to bring in the professionals who can provide a drain camera inspection. What might seem like a simple task using a plunger or a snake to pull out a clog can often turn into something too large and will require a professional plumber’s touch.
At Preferred Plumbing Solutions, we are always here to help out with any job – large or small. But when it comes to clogs that are too big for a homeowner to handle, we strongly encourage the homeowner to leave the deeper clogging to a licensed plumber.
Oftentimes we find homeowners will take the hands-on approach and use different methods like chemical drain cleaners that seem so easy to use, but are often left with a bigger mess than when they started.
We are here to help in any way we can and we want to get to the root of the issue. Here are some warning signs to look for when your home drains become too much to handle and will require a drain camera inspection.
If you’ve noticed your sink or shower experience a slow drain issue, it might seem like a smaller issue than it actually might be. Slow drains can be the result of a variety of issues. The issue can range anywhere from a clogged pipe buildup due to excess grease or mineral buildup.
It could be an improper grading of your draining system. It’s a good idea to get a professional plumber to properly assess the buildup and cause for the slow drain, so they can take the necessary steps to alleviate the problem.
We always recommend calling a residential plumber in the event that the issue doesn’t get larger and you’re left with a much bigger problem on your hands. And as recommended in many of our posts, we recommend the foolproof solution of a Flow-Tech water system and getting one would require a licensed professional plumber to ensure it is attached and working correctly.
Multiple Clogged Drains
If more than one sink, toilet or tub gets clogged at the same time, it can be an issue in your main drain system that is causing multiple issues at once. Sometimes, when dealing with one clogged drain, it can be due to the fixture or another small indicator.
When multiple fixtures aren’t working, we highly recommend calling your local plumber to examine the issue at large who can make suggestions based on their findings. Using chemical drain cleaners or plungers might be the tip of the iceberg when dealing with multiple drain issues, so it’s best to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.
More pressing than a clogged sink or drain is a recurring clogged drain. These drains can be very stubborn due to excessive hair build-up and can be a recurring issue because the hair or debris is being pushed down deeper into the piping canal and not being pulled out. Chances are, the do-it-yourselfers, while ambitious, could have created a bigger problem than originally thought. Getting an expert plumber to properly use a drain camera inspection to get to the root of the issue and solve it correctly would be your optimal option at that point.
A common theme in drains in homes is foul odors emanating from the drains. This is a sure sign of intense drain issues that will need to be assessed by a professional.
The odors are due to the pollutants that can seep into the plumbing system and wreak havoc on the piping system. Getting a plumbing expert to properly assess the incoming and outgoing reasons for the odors is of utmost importance and should be dealt with as immediately as possible. A proper drain clean, post-inspection, will give the pipes a new fresh path to flow and a literal breath of fresh air!
We sincerely hope it doesn’t come to it, but when there’s flooding in the home associated with a clogged drain, it can be a serious problem. Water build-up around the floor drain could not only indicate a clogged drain but could only be a matter of time before the drain stops working completely and you’re left with contaminated water everywhere. Getting a professional to gauge the affected pipes or draining system will help save you thousands and a long, expensive cleanup in the long run.
At Preferred Plumbing Solutions, we have been licensed for over 15 years, dealing with issues large and small. Having a clog in your home can sometimes seem like a small issue at first. But when things start to percolate and you see some of the telltale signs like the ones we’ve indicated above, it’s best to leave it to the plumbing professionals to take a look and get the problem fixed as fast as possible.
Yes, it is a problem, it means that the drain is very dirty with organic waste and grease. There is an accumulation of waste that requires professional help.
Yes, it may be a very slow leak, more of a seapage situation. Or perhaps it’s intermittent, either way, it should be investigated.
It totally depends on the mineral level in the water and the voliume of us. Some toilets will need servicing or replacing at the 5 year mark, some may last 20 years.