There are many possible reasons for a blocked drain but the result is the same: if your drain is blocked, then you need to unblock it, fast.

Below I’ve run through some of the most common signs of a blocked drain. If you have noticed any of these things in your home, then don’t ignore them and take the appropriate action to fix your drains.

Your toilet struggles to flush

There are few things that are more inconvenient than a blocked toilet. Just because it’s out of action, doesn’t mean you won’t need to use it! After all, you have to answer nature’s call. ..

  • If your toilet is struggling to flush, then it might be part of a larger problem and indicate that you have a blocked drain.
  • If your toilet is giving a weak flush then your drain is likely to be either completely or partially blocked. A toilet that struggles to flush will quickly become clogged and your bowl will fill up with water.

Using a plunger is one way that you can you can make your toilet flush easier. By applying the plunger to the flange of your toilet, you can seal the drain. By plunging the block in your toilet you use the pressure of the water in your toilet to unclog the block.

If plunging your toilet doesn’t help it to flush, then seek help from a specialist.

You have a foul smell

Most drains smell a bit, after all, waste passes through them all the time. However, not all drains have a foul smell. If you have noticed a foul smell coming from your drains, it may indicate that your drain is blocked.

Your drain can become blocked by a number of different things:

  • Trapped food: If food becomes lodged in your drain it may decompose in the pipe-works. As the food rots it will cause your to smell
  • Non-decomposable blockage: Any item which blocks your drain but doesn’t decompose can cause a foul smell. This is because the blockage can cause waste to build up in the pipes
  • Your pipe accessories: Some drains will have accessories in them which can rust, or which absorb materials and then degrade as a result. Either of these things can cause a foul smell.

Your toilets, sinks, baths, or washing machines drain slowly

One of the symptoms of a blocked drain is that you find a number of your appliances drain slowly. If your drain is blocked, there is less room for the water in your appliances to move through and follow its natural flow cycle.

The sewage system for your house has multiple drain lines from your different appliances that feed into one main water line. If there is a blockage, all of the appliances on the main water line will drain slowly.

Check out the video below for guidance on how you can troubleshoot the reasons for your slowly draining washing machine. However, if you are unable to fix the slow drain after using the advice in the video, seek help from an expert…

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Your drain covers are full of sewage

Drain covers (also known as “manhole covers”) protect drains against blockages. They are used to stop leaves, branches, grass, and other forms of garden debris from getting into your drainage system and can be bought in many major stores.

But if you have noticed that your drain covers are full of sewage, then this may mean that you have a blocked drain. When your drain becomes blocked, the sewage has nowhere to go and this causes it to rise up and collect in your drain covers.

If you have a blocked drain cover then it will need to be removed in order for the blockage to be cleared. This article gives a simple step-by-step guide to how you can lift your drain cover. However, if you are not confident about lifting your drain cover, then seek the advice of a specialist drainage company.

Gurgling sounds when you flush a toilet

A gurgling toilet is one of the most noticeable signs that you may have a blocked drain. You can find that your toilet makes a gurgling sound after you have taken a shower, used your sink, or flushed the toilet.

This is often caused by grease and dirt building up in your drain. This leads the water in your drain to disappear slowly which stops air bubbles from going through the pipes. These bubbles are then sent to the closest vent, causing a gurgling sound to be heard when you flush your toilet.

You can reduce the chances of your drain from  blocking and stop your toilet from gurgling by not putting items down your drain which may create a build up. These items include hair, food, and grease. If your toilet is already gurgling, then contact a specialist to establish what the problem is.

Blocked drains can be caused by a number of different things. If you have noticed any of the things mentioned in this article then you may have a blocked drain.

In order to fix your blocked drain, get in contact with Wiltshire’s blocked drain specialists and they’ll be able to unblock your drain morning, noon, or night. 


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