What methods can be used to detect drain problems?

There are a few ways you can locate drain problems in your home, yourself. By performing a few small tests, you will be able to determine if any leaking water is the result of a problem with a drain. Where possible, inspect the pipes underneath sink drains to see if they are leaking. If necessary, place small buckets underneath the pipes to catch any runoff, and turn on the faucet. If the sink or tub drains more slowly than it used to, this may indicate a clog in your drain. This can be tested by filling the basin and then unplugging it. If you can access the piping, dismantle it after it is fully drained, and remove anything that is obstructing it.

How can I be sure I have drain problems

You can inspect your drains by running the various taps and faucets in your home one at a time. You can fill the tub or sink and slowly release the water, checking the pipes for leakage. Wherever possible, check visible pipes and surrounding areas for water and water damage. Monitor the visible water damage on surfaces such as your walls and ceilings over time, as you continue to use your showers and toilets. If you suspect a certain source, stop using it for a few days and see if the damage increases or remains the same. Once you have an idea of where the water is leaking from, you can let a plumber know what you’ve discovered. If you still have no idea where the leak is located, call a plumber anyway.

What can I do to identify the problem in my drain?

If your drain is moving slowly and seems like it might be clogged, there are a few things you can try. You can remove the strainer that is found in your drain and empty anything that might be obstructing the flow of water through your pipes. Similarly, you can use a sink plunger to push any blockages through your drain pipes. You may have to snake your drain to remove blockages. This can be difficult, but can solve the problem when done effectively. Another option is the use of chemical drain cleaners that dissolve buildup of hair and other junk that accumulates in sink and tub drains. These solutions can be toxic and are hard on the environment, so use them with caution.

At what point do I need to call a plumber?

If you are unable to locate the specific cause of the problem, or have found the problem but cannot fix it yourself, you should hire a professional. Your plumber will be able to look at the pipes in and around your sinks and tubs, and will have the equipment to dismantle the plumbing and fix the problem. The plumbers at Waterman Inc. have professional grade drain snakes or augers, as well as drain cameras that are able to locate the problem easily. They will be able to fix or replace any piping that is obstructed, cracked, or broken.




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