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Plumbing Tip: How to Recognize Drainage and Septic Problems

Do you have to call a Woolwich Township plumber often to unclog or repair your drains and septic system? Consistent plumbing repairs could indicate a larger problem with your drainage and septic system. There are a few tell-tale signs that let you know when there might be a systemic issue.

Here are some of the common warning signs:

Water Overflowing in Toilets and Slow Drains

When water backs up or drains slowly, you know you’ve got a drainage problem. But even when the drain seems to be functioning properly, a foul odor or gurgling sound coming from the drain could be a sign that it’s clogging up. If your sinks and appliances seem to be draining slowly after a recent renovation or construction project in your home, it’s possible that the pipes could have been disturbed or the ventilation for the drainage system is blocked.

Puddles or water spots on the walls or ceiling could indicate a drain that’s leaking, and persistently damp areas on the exterior of your property, particularly if there is also a sewer-odor, could indicate a break or leak in the sewer line. Call a plumber immediately if you suspect a broken sewer line.

Drain Clogs and Back Ups in Homes and Businesses

Grease and oil build up is the most frequent reason for service calls. Homes with garbage disposals are likely candidates for drain problems due to the amount of grease that is accidentally put down the drains. Even for commercial kitchens and other establishments that have grease traps, a small amount of grease will inevitably make its way down the drain.

Salons and other businesses where chemicals and detergents are routinely poured down the sink also have a high occurrence of sludge or grease build up. For salons in particular, soap scum can accumulate inside a drain and trap hair, causing a clog.

In some businesses, workers may not realize that a liquid or waste product that they are routinely dumping down the sink can actually stick to the sides of a drainage pipe and cause a clog. Drainage from public restrooms can become clogged from people pouring fat and grease-containing liquid down the sinks.

Call SPS Mechanical at the first sign of any drain or sewer problem in your Woolwich Township area home or business. Our certified plumbers have the training and equipment to quickly locate any leak or block, and to take the right steps to get your drains working correctly again.

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