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Common Signs You Have Blocked Drains

If you don’t have much knowledge or experience with drainage systems, it’s not always easy to tell if you have blocked drains. From family homes to commercial buildings, properties in Canterbury and the neighbouring areas we cover regularly experience blockages. However, the source of your own clog could be any number of things. As such, it’s important to recognise some of the most common early signs that indicate a block has developed in your system.

BP Drains Ltd covers a wide range of non-urgent and emergency drainage services, including drain lining, gutter cleaning, CCTV drain surveys and various drain repairs. Our team shares over 50 years of experience, so we recognise every symptom of blocked pipework.

Because we put your satisfaction at the heart of everything we do, we want you to avoid the stress and disruption that comes with a blockage. We have listed below some of the signs you should remain aware of.

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Unusual Noises in Your Drainage System

There aren’t many more obvious signs of problems in your pipework than hearing unusual noises coming from your drains. One of the most frequently reported sounds reported to us by property owners in Canterbury is gurgling.

Gurgling occurs when water runs through your drains. As it flows, it naturally tries to move around the blockage, but the build-up slows the water down and pushes it back. This traps air inside the water that then forces itself back to the surface. This process creates the gurgling sound.

If you hear gurgling, especially for prolonged periods, you have a blockage of some kind in your system. To avoid an emergency drainage situation, you must contact us when you first hear the sound.

Our team has an unmatched knowledge of all drainage services, from drain lining and gutter cleaning to CCTV drain surveys. No matter the size, type or location of your blockage, we can clear it and perform any drain repairs on the damage it may have caused.

Slow-draining Water

If you do have a blockage in your Canterbury property’s drainage network, you may experience slow-draining water as well as gurgling. You will see this first-hand in your sinks, toilets, bath and shower. The earlier you catch this sign, the easier the unblocking process is.

The blockage in your pipe narrows its internal bore. This means there’s less space for the water to drain away. If you send a significant amount of water down blocked drains, as with a shower or bath, the water simply sits in place while it trickles through.

You can avoid situations like this by taking a proactive approach to drain repairs and maintenance. Regular drain descaling keeps pipes clear, maintaining optimal water flow. Swift drain lining and tree root removal services prevent major issues, structural damage and, most importantly, emergency drainage problems.

Bad Smells Drifting Out of Drains

The final common sign of a blocked drain is an unpleasant odour emanating from your toilet, bath, shower or sink. This smell may intensify when you turn on the taps. If you experience this at your Canterbury property, the source is usually easy to find, albeit not pleasant.

In kitchens, food debris usually causes the odour. If you dispose of food down your plug, it can get stuck in the pipes. It then decomposes, creating the nasty smell.

In bathrooms, the odour can come from a mix of stagnant water, soap, shampoo, hair and dead skin congealing in pipes. Likewise, in toilets, blocked drains can trap waste, sending a foul smell back to the surface.

BP Drains Ltd combines a range of expertise to deliver a bespoke service tailored to your needs and your premises. As a result, you can trust us for:

  • New Drain Installations

  • Emergency Drainage

  • CCTV Drain Surveys

  • Tree Root Removal

  • Drain Excavations

  • Drain Unblocking

  • Drain Repairs

  • Drain Lining

  • Gutter Cleaning

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Call 01843 293 040 or 07590 849 967 if you suspect you have blocked drains. Our team provides emergency drainage services in Canterbury and across Kent.
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