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Why You Should Call a Plumber to Address Drain Clogs

By on Jun 10, 2016 in Plumbing Blog |

For some reason, nobody wants to call a plumber until a small problem has turned into a big one. This is not a sound home maintenance strategy, for a lot of reasons. Left unchecked, a small problem, like a slow-running drain, can quickly become a huge issue.

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You should call a plumber to address slow-moving drains, and here are just a few examples of what could happen if you don’t.

Mould and Mildew

Mould, and its ugly cousin mildew, can only grow and thrive in areas with high levels of moisture. If you have a clogged drain, especially in the basement, the excess water that builds is opening you and your family up to the potential health hazards of mould.

Sewer Backup

Occasionally needing to use a plunger could mean that a child in the house uses more toilet paper than is necessary, but if you’re constantly unclogging the toilet, it could be signalling a problem with the drain. Left unchecked, you run the risk of having raw sewage back up into your house through any available drain opening. That’s every bit as unpleasant as it sounds.

Damage to Fixtures and Finishes

You spend a lot of time making your home look just as you like it. It’s not uncommon to spend hours poring over paint chips and floor tile patterns, and all that time and effort will be wasted if a sewer backup or major flood stemming from a clogged pipe ruins those fixtures and finishes.

Risk of Indoor Flooding

Appliance malfunctions are the most common cause of indoor flooding. But the second most common cause of flooding in a house is a clogged drain. When there is trouble with a clogged drain, the water has to go somewhere. It either takes forever for the sink or bath tub to empty, or it finds its way to a weak point in the system and springs a leak. The results can be devastating, especially if the leak starts when nobody is at home.

As you can see, a clogged drain is more than a minor inconvenience – it can quickly become a major problem. If you need a Kelowna plumber to help keep you out of a jam, call us at (250) 681-0089. We’ll help you assess the problem, and work out a plan to fix it in a way that works for your family and your budget.