If Your Drain Gurgles, You Might Be in Trouble

If you were to take a poll of all home and business owners about the worst sound, a drain that gurgles would be high on that list. Indeed, a drain that gurgles acts as a warning sign that you have drain problems, or that your venting system and pipes need work. The first thing to remember is not to panic if you experience a gurgling drain. Drain problems can be annoying, but they are also fixable. In this article, we will go over what causes a gurgling drain as well as what you can do if the worst happens.

Drain Problems Caused by Clogged Drains

The most common issue that causes drain problems is when the drain of your sink, toilet, or shower is clogged. A clogged drain occurs when enough physical material gets trapped inside the drain and prevents water from going down correctly. Hair, grease, and other bathroom materials are the most common materials causing a clogged drain. However, even though a clogged drain is the most common drain problem, it can lead to severe water damage if left unchecked.

To prevent your clogged drain from getting out of hand, we recommend you use these steps to help relieve the drain. First, buy a dissolving agent at any supermarket that will help break down the material trapped in your drain. Second, if you don’t like to use chemicals, purchase a drain claw that manually gets rid of any trapped material.

Venting System Issues

A majority of households and businesses in the United States have a venting system on all drains. A venting system is a support system for your drain that allows water to flow easier when passing through. When you use your sink, shower, or toilet and notice a gurgling sound you need to check your venting system. You can fix your venting system a couple of different ways. First, if you find yourself to be a handy person you can try and fix the venting system yourself. Second, hire a plumbing service that will either repair the drain issue or replace the venting system.

Broken or Frozen Pipes

The most severe issue that causes drain problems is broken or frozen pipes. A broken pipe can not only cause your drain to gurgle, but it will also cause severe water damage to your property. To explain, if a pipe is broken or cracked, water is escaping somewhere in your home. Also, if the broken pipe remains undiagnosed for an extended amount of time, it will cause significant water damage to the foundation of your property. We recommend you leave it to the professionals when fixing a broken pipe.

If you live in Maryland or another place that experiences extreme cold, you are at risk of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes occur when stagnant water in your pipes freeze. Indeed, this frozen water causes drain issues, and you will experience a gurgling drain. Also, frozen pipes can burst, leading to water damage throughout your property. To fix frozen pipes, we recommend you keep your property warm during freezing weather.

When Drain Problems Become an Issue

Sometimes luck is not on your side. Unfortunately, drain issues will sometimes cause water damage. When you experience water damage, you need the best help money can buy. Here at MD Water Restoration, we provide industry-leading services at a price you can afford. Come to our website today and learn how we can save you time and money. 

What to Do if You Have Drain Problems

Issues with drains can happen to any home, anywhere. Drainage issues are a very common woe among homeowners and renters. If your drain is backing up, gurgling, or just not working, you could be in for trouble. So, here are a few things to do if you realize your home has a serious drain problem.

DIY Methods for Smaller Drain Problems

There are all measures of do-it-yourself fixes for drain issues. If your drain is just clogged, you can try running scalding hot water down the drain for a while. This might help loosen any clots or clogs in the pipes. There are also methods for vinegar and baking soda to help clean and deodorize drains.

Clear Out Personal Belongings

If you suspect a serious drain problem and are faced with standing water, clear out as many of your personal belongings from the affected space as possible. This is a measure against extreme issues, obviously. But don’t underestimate a backup. If there’s any sign of standing water, better to be safe than sorry. 

Try to Identify Where the Problem Starts

If you can find the source of the issues, you’re a step ahead of the game. You might know that one of the pipes is faulty in your guest bathroom, for instance. Make any notes you can about the drain issues you’re having to help a technician more quickly diagnose issues. If you can get them a list of possible issues they’ll have a place to start their investigation. Hopefully, with their skill and a bit of luck you’ll be on the way to resolution in hardly any time at all. 

Call a Water Restoration Company for Drain Problems

If you need an expert to help with water restoration, MD Water Restoration’s team would love to be of assistance. There are qualified professionals on the team who know exactly what to do. Don’t wait, call MD Water Restoration today.