Your kitchen sink is slow to drain – You have been noticing for a while now that after doing the dishes or running the dishwasher, your sink is very slow to drain. Sinks can be one of the first places you will see signs of a blocked drain as they are frequently attached to the overflow
You have water sitting outside near your overflow grate – water in the overflow or near the grate is usually a sign the overflow has been working, and when it does its working because you have a blockage
Your toilet occasionally drains fully – that sipping sound that you’ve been seeing when you flush the toilet is not by chance. Toilets to this when the air flow through the pipes is disrupted by excess content inside your drain i.e. a blockage
You have sewage sitting in the back yard – sewerage in the back yard can come from the inspection shaft or boundary trap located in the yard. Most sewerage connections are in the rear yard of peoples properties. sewerage sitting around the area of connection (inspection shaft) is almost certainly caused by a blockage
You hear a gurgling sound when you have a shower – Because showers have the lowest drain point in the house, they can be susceptible to symptoms of a house blockage. Gurgling will usually occur here because the airflow has been interrupted inside the drain
Flushing the toilet makes a noise – you can also hear the gurgling sound inside the toilet. Toilets are usually the first places that signs of a blockage will occur simply because of the large amount of water used when flushing.
Your shower backs up when you use your basin – when you have multiple fixtures that are backing up, its usually a sign the connecting drain is blocked
Your toilet takes a while to drain – when a toilet backs up, the water will eventually go down, however this can take anywhere from a few minutes to well over a few hours depending on how bad your blockage is
You have a foul smell outside – unusually smelly drains especially outside is a sign that your drains are not functioning correctly.
If you have seen one or have a few of these things happening in your home an your hoping it will go away, chances are it won’t. Severe blockages rarely clear themselves and can be harder to clean if the drain is continued to be used.