Common Symptoms of Backed-Up or Blocked Floor Drains
First, let’s look at some warning signs for floor drain issues.
1. Foul Odor
Unpleasant odors coming from your drain can be off-putting. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an issue with your septic system.
These nasty odors could mean that the trap is dry. Meaning, that drain probably hasn’t been used in a long time. When this happens, sewer odors can travel up the pipes and into your house. This also means that insects can crawl up the pipes too. So, you probably don’t want to ignore this particular warning sign unless you appreciate unannounced houseguests.
To solve this problem yourself, pour some water down the drain. This will refill the trap and keep the odors and unwanted pests out of your house.
2. A Blocked Pipe
If you smell a foul odor and have raw sewage backing up into your house, it could be pipe blockage. This means that the wastewater coming from your household cannot make it to the city sewer system or your septic tank.
Also, it could mean that your drain is clogged with hair or other simple debris. If this is the case, then your pipe can be snaked and unblocked easily. You can do this yourself with the right tools.
However, if it’s soap or grease buildup, you may have to call a plumber. When these materials coat the edges of pipes, they can crystallize and form a hard substance that is difficult to remove. Luckily, plumbers have a spade-like tool that can scrape the inside of your pipes to ensure smooth flow.
3. Leaking Sewer Pipes
This warning may seem contradictory, but it can actually signal you have major pipe problems. Here it goes.
If you have never had a drain backup, you could have an issue. It’s common to experience some back flow when you drain large amounts of water or at least notice that it is draining slowly. In fact, many drains are designed to back up, so your system isn’t flooded.
So, if you’re used to flushing large amounts of water down your drain but never see back flow, it could mean you have a broken pipe that is leaking into the ground around your home.
This means that you have overloaded your pipe system to the point that a pipe burst. If this is the case, you should call your plumber to check out your piping system.
Luckily, most causes of clogged floor drains are preventable. And there are even several ways that you can fix these problems using natural approaches. However, if you think you are in over your heard — it’s because you are. Call the professionals if you even for a moment you feel that the job is too big for you to handle.