Identifying and resolving drain problems

Whether it’s a commercial property or a domestic residence, drainage is very important. Blocked drains can cause a wide range of problems and damage, and so identifying and resolving drain problems quickly is essential. This can help to prevent extensive water damage and costly repair work, and ensure the proper removal of wastewater in line with regulations and guidelines.

What are the key steps for identifying and resolving drain problems?

If your drain is experiencing problems or issues, there are a number of steps you should take. You will need to first identify the problem, and then take the right steps to resolve this, depending on the type of problem identified. To prevent more costly problems from developing, and to prevent extensive water damage, it’s important to take action promptly. 

Identifying drain problems

When it comes to drain problems, one of the first things you might notice is sluggish drainage and the foul odours associated with this. If your sink, toilet, or bath/shower is draining slowly, this is a sure fire indicator of a drainage problem. When drains run slowly, there may also be  foul odours emitting from the drain, which can indicate blockages or build ups of stagnant water.

As well as the slow drainage and foul odours, drain blockages can also cause unusual noises. If your pipes are gurgling when water is draining, this could be a sign that air pockets or partial blockages are obstructing the pipes and drainage. 

If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to contact a professional team to locate the source of the issue and to take steps to resolve this. One highly effective option that we can offer here at KAM is camera inspection. By using a small camera, attached to a flexible cable, and lowering this into the drain pipes that are suspected of being blocked, problems and blockages can be identified. A camera inspection can also locate cracks or other structural problems that may be causing drainage issues. By using a camera for this, targeted solutions and resolutions can be put in place..

Resolving drain problems

Once drainage issues have been identified, these will need to be resolved. For minor issues, you may be able to resolve the problem yourself, but if the problem is bigger than a simple clog, you may need to hire a professional team. 

To resolve a drain issue yourself, you should avoid using a chemical drain cleaner as this can cause further damage to your pipes and can harm the environment. Natural and gentle alternatives should be used instead, like combining baking soda and vinegar, and following this with hot water, to break down any organic materials that may be within the pipes and causing a blockage.

If your drain blockage is more serious, a trained plumbing team may be necessary, like us here at KAM. We have the tools and equipment to clear all types of drain blockages and we have the expertise and knowledge to resolve drain problems effectively and promptly. We also offer an emergency service for a rapid response to serious drainage issues.  

Preventing drain problems

Preventing drain problems can be just as important as resolving them. As part of this, you should consider regular maintenance, and taking preventative measures like installing drain guards or strainers in sinks and showers to catch hair, food particles, and other debris before they enter the pipes. These can be very helpful for reducing the risk of clogs forming over time.

In addition, it is important to be aware of what is being flushed down toilets and poured down the drains. Items like wet wipes, sanitary products, and cooking grease should never be disposed of in this manner, as they can lead to serious blockages. 

To resolve your drainage problems, you will need to hire a professional team, like us here at KAM Ltd. Why not get in touch today to find out more?