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Common Signs You May Need to Have Your Drains Cleaned

If You Have Any of the Following Problems, It May Be Time to Have a Drain Cleaning Company Come Out

The kitchen, bathrooms, and basement are usually the locations of drains in the house. While drains don’t cross your mind all the time, maintaining it can save you from trouble and unnecessary expenses. Here are some of the most common signs that you need to have your drains cleaned.


  1. Slow Moving Drain

A slow moving drain is an indication that a problem is just around the corner. This normally happens when there is a blockage that restricts the water flow. In the kitchen sink, the drain may have things like food remnants and congealed fat. The blockage in the bathroom drain may be due to soap, knotted hair, too much toilet paper, Qtips, feminine products, baby wipes amongst other things.

A regular maintenance will clean the scale build-up and drive the debris out from the drainage walls. When the lines are cleaned, you will notice a big difference.

  1. Gurgling Drains

Sometimes, there could be a gurgling noise when water travels through the fixture drains. A partial obstruction usually causes this problem. This means that your drains will be clogged in the long run. Before that happens, you should have your drains checked and cleaned to prevent further and larger problems.

  1. Bubbles in the Shower Drain or Toilet

There are instances that the shower drain bubbles up after flushing the toilet or the toilet bubbles up when you shower. This could mean the main drain in the bathroom is restricted. When you shower or use the toilet, the water may not drain fast enough, so the pipes start to fill with water. This may force the air out through the toilet trap or the shower drain, which causes bubbles. Cleaning the drain will eliminate the excess air in the drains.

  1. Unpleasant or Odd Drain Odors

Most plumbing fixtures have traps that are intended to hold water so that sewer gases will not come up through the pipes. When unpleasant things fill these traps, they may produce foul odors. The plumbing may also have other problems, such as a broken pipe, but the bad odor is a clear sign that you have a drain line problem. Watch the things that go down your kitchen and shower drains and make sure that your traps are always clean.

  1. Water Comes Up From Pipes Outside the Home

Most apartments, single family homes, townhomes, and condos have a cleanout outside the house. This is the access point to the main drain line. A cleanout is installed for two possible reasons: first, if there is a stoppage, you can remove the cover on the cleanout so that the sanitary waste will be released outside rather than inside the house; second, for cleaning the drain line. When you schedule a drain cleaning, the main line will be cleaned from outside the house.

There could be two problems that cause the water to come out from the cleanout. First is that the main line stoppage has to be cleared or secondly, if your house has a septic system, it could already be full.

  1. Frequent Clogs

Kitchen sink or toilet clogs may happen once in a while. However, if you have clogged drains weekly or if multiple drain fixtures in the house are clogged at the same time, it may be time for a drain line cleaning.

  1. Water Flooding in the Basement

If your drain is not clear, this may cause water to back up in the pipes and create a flood in the basement if you have a basement.


Spartan Plumbing provides a few services that help with cleaning the toughest drains.

  1. Drain cleaning – Learn more
  2. HydroJetting – Learn more


It will be beneficial for you to take preventative measures with your plumbing system. Cleaning and snaking the drains will make sure that the lines are clear and water will flow properly. Professionals from Spartan Plumbing can clean your drains so you can avoid further problems it will cause.