Homeowners can empathize with anyone who is dealing with constantly clogged drains. Old plumbing that needs replacing can often be a reason, but a residence’s drainage system can be so complex it’s hard to tell–it encompasses every piece of piping from the shower or bathroom and kitchen sink drains to the sewer lines outside the home. Although diagnosing a serious problem with your drainage system could be tricky, there are several ways to determine whether or not you might need the assistance of a plumbing professional to fix it.

A more standard sign of developing drain problems is constantly obstructed pipes, the result of clogs from hair, grease, coffee grounds, toys, and any other item (including roots of trees pervading outer lines) that has no business going down a drainpipe. The resulting slow-moving dissipation or standing of the water in the tub or sink is a fairly good indication that you may need to check your piping system for a more serious condition.

Besides water taking an abnormally long time to drain, leakage or pooling water around drains in your basement or under your sink or toilet should be inspected. Outside pooling water is even more abnormal; large, wet areas in your lawn can mean a break in your sewer lines and if left untreated, can result in extensive damage to your home, foundation, or yard. Eventually foul smells may emanate from your drains; if you’re experiencing strange odors or sounds of gushing from your pipe drains, it’s time to take a closer look at your system. Extra moist places in your home (as a result of a sewer leak) might attract unwanted critters such as rodents, insects, or other pests. Plumbing professionals will point out that one of the common indications that something further is wrong with your drainage system is the fluctuating level of water in your toilet bowl; the problem originates in your sewer piping and will reveal itself in either an abundance or a shortage of sufficient toilet water at any given time.

A plumbing professional might assist in any capacity from patching up the necessary section to replacing an entire area of pipe and, should the problem be located in the sewer system, might utilize the aid of a recording camera to gain a better view of the inner condition of your pipes.

If you’re in the northern San Diego area and suspect a problem with your drainage system, the certified plumbing specialists at 1-800-anytyme are on call 24-7 to give you best-practice, cost-effective service. With emergency service available, call us today at 760-477-2222.