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Tell-Tale Signs of a Blocked Drain You Can’t Ignore

A blocked drain is a problem you should never ignore. Time will only exacerbate the situation, as the drain may suffer serious damage, or even begin to overflow. If you know the warning signs though, you can identify a blocked drain and take the necessary steps to solve the problem before it gets out of hand.


1. Bad Smells
An unpleasant odour is often one of the first signs that you are dealing with a blocked drain. Bits of food and other organic material can become lodged in pipes, where they then begin to decompose. The smell will often be worse after running the taps, as this aggravates the bacteria.

2. Slow Draining Water
If water is draining very slowly, or you can hear gurgling sounds, these are further signs that the drain has become blocked. Blockages will cause water to drain slowly, and gurgling sounds are caused by trapped air escaping from the drain.

3. Rising Water
Rising water levels are another tell-tale sign of a blocked drain. It is especially problematic if the water rises unnaturally high when you flush the toilet. Blockages where human waste is involved can be a severe health hazard, and if a toilet overflows, the water can cause significant damage to the floor of your bathroom, or even the ceiling and walls of the room below.

If you have a blocked drain that is too severe to be solved by liquid cleaners or plunging, it is important to call a professional before further damage takes place. At North London Heating and Plumbing, we are experienced in dealing with all kinds of drainage problems and can quickly and safely have your pipes and drains back in full working order.

If necessary, we can even investigate your problem with a CCTV survey. This kind of survey can determine exactly what is blocking your drain, and can even identify problems such as intruding tree roots or collapsed pipes. Once the problem is identified, we can take the appropriate steps to resolve it.

If you have a blocked drain, don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We offer a 24 hour emergency service throughout the North London area, ensuring you benefit from a team of experienced plumbers who will do everything it takes to fix your problem and set your mind at ease. For a full description of our services, feel free to give us a call or alternatively browse our website.

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