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Symptoms of Clogged Pipes in Your Home

Posted by Joey Haack on Sep 21, 2018 3:19:00 PM


Has your shower been driving you nuts lately with its unsteady flow or low pressure? Have you noticed a nasty smell emanating from your kitchen sink or another drain in your home? Maybe the water in your toilet has been backing up or comes a little too close to overflowing after flushing. Any of these symptoms could be due to a clogged pipe.


How’s your water pressure?

If you turn on a faucet and the water pressure seems lower than normal, you might have a clogged pipe. Call a plumber to identify if you have a clog somewhere in your drainage system. If you don’t, you could have a more serious problem: a cracked pipe or a break in your water line, in which case it’s important to act as soon as possible before major damage is done to your home.


What’s that smell?

Have you ever smelled something foul coming from your kitchen sink, shower, or other drain? If you have a clog and debris starts to collect behind it, it could really start to stink. If your kitchen sink smells of rotten eggs, the drain vent could be blocked, allowing sewer gas to enter your pipes and leak into your home. If all of your drains smell bad and often seem to be clogged, the sewer line could be damaged.


What’s that sound?

If you hear a gurgling sound when you run water, you may have a clog that’s keeping water from draining properly.


Does water drain slowly?

If water drains slowly in your tub, shower, toilet, washing machine, or sink, a clog may be starting to form somewhere in your plumbing system.


Does your shower or toilet bubble or gurgle?

If water starts bubbling up from the shower drain while your showering or when someone flushes a toilet, you likely have a clog that’s preventing water from draining properly.


Another common problem you may experience is your toilet water rising or overflowing when you run your washing machine. The water needs to go somewhere. If your sewer line is clogged and the water can’t drain and escape from your home, it will back up where is shouldn’t.


Does your toilet bowl have trouble filling?

If the bowl doesn’t fill as it should after you flush the toilet, the intake pipe could be clogged.


If you notice any of the above problems and you can’t seem to fix it yourself with a plunger or by cleaning or using a snake or auger, call a professional for help. Don’t wait until major damage is done to your home. When it comes to water or plumbing issues, you can save a lot of money by acting sooner rather than later.


If you live in Aspen, Carbondale, or a nearby area, you can call Pacific for plumbing service. We repair and service appliances, water heaters, boilers, tubs, pools, toilets, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures and systems. Let us know how we can help you! 

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