Drain health is one of those things that nobody thinks about until something happens to draw their attention to it. Ideally, you should be taking steps to keep your drains healthy long before you ever receive any signs that they’re malfunctioning. Like, for example, having them cleaned out by a professional every year or two. Still, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the signs that your drains are in need of repairs. The following are three of the more common indications of drain trouble.
One of the good things about drain pipes is that they tend to be more visible than other parts of your plumbing system. If you look under your sink and see any water leaking from your drain pipes, even if it’s just a little bit, you should call a professional to repair it for you. A leak of any size can cause considerable water damage if it’s allowed to go untreated for long enough. You don’t want the area under the pipes becoming waterlogged, and you certainly don’t want mold growing in it!
Slow drainage is often an indication that there’s a blockage of some kind forming in the ducts. This could be a simple clog, in which case it likely won’t be that big of a deal to have professional drain cleaning done to take care of it. However, it could also be due to something more serious. Limescale is a common problem, the result of exposure to hard water over a long period of time. After limescale has been building up for a while, it tends to harden and become quite difficult to remove. It’s possible that the slow drainage in your drains could be the result of limescale buildup, in which case it may take a bit more effort to resolve the issue.
This one can be difficult to detect without professional equipment. Just like the leaks we’ve covered above, though, it’s easier with drain pipes because they tend to be partially exposed. No matter what kind of material your drain pipes are made of, they are still susceptible to corrosion. Iron rusts, of course. Copper corrodes after exposure to formaldehyde and chlorine particles, which are more common than you’d think in smaller quantities. Over time, this corrosion can spread and weaken the pipe, making it more prone to leaking and rupturing. There is little that can be done to completely prevent degradation of the pipes over time. After all, everything gets old and wears out. However, if you can detect corrosion early you can have any problems it might cause repaired before they have a chance to develop. This will go a long way towards limiting the kinds of damaging issues that corrosion can cause.
Murphy’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offers comprehensive drain repair services throughout Broomall, PA. If you need help restoring your drains to proper health, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.