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4 Common Drain Problems That Require an Emergency Plumber

You might start noticing that your sink suddenly doesn’t drain quickly enough, or maybe you’ll find your toilet water is bubbling and there’s a gurgling sound in your pipes. It’s easy to push these signs to the back of your mind, but ignoring these problems could lead to a serious and sometimes expensive issue. Malfunctioning or blocked drains have the potential to damage your home and significantly disrupt your household.

No hot showers on a busy Monday morning? Having to mop up toilet water in the middle of night? No thanks! We’ve compiled the four most common drainage issues that can quickly get out of control.


1.) There’s water in your sink that isn’t draining.
A clogged sink is often caused by a buildup of debris. In the kitchen, the culprit is frequently food scraps and grease while in the bathroom, hair and soap scum are often to blame.

Since kitchen and bathroom sinks are used on a regular basis, a clog can be very disruptive. If the clog can’t be dislodged with a plunger or the drain backs up and begins filling the sink with water, it’s time to call an emergency plumber.


2.) Your toilet won’t flush and the water is rising or overflowing.
Toilet clogs tend to be be the result of improper toilet use. You should never flush paper towels, baby wipes, tampons or any items other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.

You may be able to resolve the issue with a plunger, but rising water levels can quickly lead to an overflowing toilet. To avoid water damage and contamination, contact a plumber immediately.


3.) You’re standing in rising water when you take a shower.
A clogged bathtub or shower is often caused by a tangled wad of hair and soap scum. When a tough clog is impervious to a plunger or plumbing snake, you may be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner. However, frequent use of these caustic products can damage pipes and lead to more severe plumbing issues.

Water accumulation may seem more dire in a shower stall than a bathtub, but standing water in a bathtub has additional health risks. After just a few hours it can become a breeding ground for insects, bacteria and mould.


4.) You see bubbling, hear gurgling or your fixture water levels are acting weird.
Since all the fixtures in your home run to the sewer main, a sewer line clog can put your entire plumbing system out of commission. There’s also a risk of sewage flooding your basement and backing up other drains in your home. There are quite a few signs that the problem could be in your sewer drain line, so it’s best to call an emergency plumber to evaluate the urgency of the situation. Common signs include bubbling toilet water, gurgling pipes when using other water-connected appliances, and rising water in your tub when you flush the toilet.

A clogged sewer line can be the result of waste accumulation, tree root growth or pipe deterioration. In any case, the source of the problem is often difficult to locate and nearly impossible to resolve without hiring a professional.


Don’t Put Off a Plumbing Emergency – Call Us Now!

No matter the type or cause, a clogged drain can easily lead to a plumbing emergency. When that happens, shut off the water supply and contact a professional immediately. For an emergency plumber in the Edmonton area, call Modern Air & Water today.