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Like anything, prevention is always better than cure so when it comes to your sewers and drains maintaining them can save you a lot of money, plus a great deal of unpleasantness. Here at Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage, we’ve had the misfortune to come across a multitude of drains and sewers that have either backed up or overflowed due to a lack of care and attention.

In order to avoid this from happening in your home here’s what you can do.

Check for signs of odour

A drain that’s becoming clogged or blocked often emits a foul-smelling odour. For many people, the trick is to throw disinfectant down the sink or trap where the smell is emanating from. While this can and does prevent the smell, in reality, all it usually does it to mask it.

Nine times out of ten the smell will return.

It could simply be that there’s no water left in your trap thus removing the barrier between your drain and the smelly gases in the sewer system. It might be that there is a blockage in the pipework, preventing the water to flow freely, or a blockage in your vent pipe.

All of these things are relatively easy and cost-effective to fix. However, if you ignore it, things could be more costly.

kitchen sink drains

Kitchen sink drains can be smelly

A slow running drain

Another good sign to ascertain whether you have a clogged or blocked drain is when the water seems to take an age to drain away.

It could be that a quick exercise with the plunger will do the trick and clear the blockage on this occasion, but if it persists, then Capalaba residents might want to call in a registered plumber.

If you have more than one plughole, sink, or drain that isn’t draining as it should, it’s usually a sign that there’s a looming problem. Pay particular attention to blockages or clogs that occur on the first floor or basement (if you have one) because these are often a sign of a main sewer line issue.

When slow running drains occur on a second floor or higher then it’s probably a blockage in the secondary line.

Water drops

When drains and sewers start to back up, evidence will usually show in the lower levels of your home first. At the early stages, these tend to manifest themselves in the form of water spots which appear around drain holes.

If for instance you switch on your washing machine and the drain hole in your shower, bathroom, or toilet, starts to show water spots as it splutters and percolates just like a coffee machine, this is often a sign that something more sinister is occurring. As soon as you spot these telltale signs contact your local plumber.

The bottom line is that if you don’t want to be spending heaps of cash on expensive sewer problems in your home, then you need to spot the signs early on. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

If you have a plumbing problem no matter how big or small, then contact the expert Plumber in Brisbane. For a no-obligation quote contact us today.