Having plumbing problems in your home, but are not sure what the issue is? These tips can help diagnose and fix the problem in your home.
Slow Filling Toilets
One common problem you may have in your home is most notable when you flush the toilets. If the water is behaving differently when you flush by emptying and not really filling back up, or with water moving a lot in the bowl, this could be a problem with your plumbing ventilation system. Ventilation is what helps keep all the water moving in your home.
Unfortunately, debris can get into the ventilation stack that causes a clog. In extreme cases, animals can even get stuck in the ventilation stack and die. You'll need a professional to help fix this problem for you.
Multiple Slow Moving Drains
Another problem are drains that no longer drain like they once did. Slow moving drains can happen for many reasons, but you know the problem is with your main sewer clean out when it is happening to all of the drains in your home.
The best thing you can do is have a plumber put a sewer camera into your drains to see what is happening under the ground. It is likely that the plumber will find some type of problem that can be fixed. If the issue is tree roots, those can be snaked away to keep water flowing as smoothly as possible through the drain pipe.
It is also possible for the sewer line to collapse, which will be limiting the flow of water that can go out to the sewers. This problem often involves digging up your yard and replacing the broken section of pipe. Even if the water is still flowing through at the moment, the problem will continue to get worse over time.
Single Slow Moving Drain
If the drain problem is only happening with one drain in your home, you know the problem is isolated near that particular drain. Try using a plunger to dislodge a clog and push it through to the sewers. If that doesn't work, you can use a snake to clear out any debris in the drain near the surface. Even a simple snake made with a Velcro pad has enough strength to remove a large clump of hair if it is close enough to the opening.
Reach out to a plumbing company when you don't know what to do about a drain problem.