A clogged drain can be caused by a number of things and can be a big problem for you if you don't take care of it. A clog in your drain can cause backups, flooding or other problems for you, which could be costly to repair. You need to pay attention to your drains by listening or watching for signs of a clog and perform preventative maintenance on the plumbing in your home. Read on for signs that you may have a clogged drain and tips to prevent an issue.

Signs Of A Clogged Drain

Keep an eye on the drains in your home and take action to make necessary repairs or call a professional company to have your drains cleaned for you. Some signs to watch out for include:

Slow draining 

If the drains in your sinks or showers/tubs are draining a little slower than normal, it may be caused by a clog in your drains. Pay attention to the slow drain to see if it's just one drain or all of them. Just one drain may be that drain, but if they are all draining slowly, it could be a clog in your main sewer drain. If it was just one drain, try to use a snake or a drain clearing liquid that you pour down the drain to remove the clog. If it is all of your drains, you may need snake your main drain which means renting a snake from a local tool rental shop.

Gurgling noises

If you hear gurgling noises whenever you run your dishwasher or washing machine, after bathing or when you flush the toilet it could be a clog in your main sewer drain. Call a professional plumber to have your drains inspected to figure out where the clog is located and what the problem could be.

Not draining at all

If your drains are not draining at all, you could end up with a big mess if you aren't careful. Call a professional plumber out right away to have the problem taken care of before it gets worse and a pipe bursts in your home.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance can go a long way with your plumbing and can prevent costly repairs later down the road. Prevent clogs by:

Use drains wisely 

Water is the only thing that should be washed down the drain. Food particles, grease, oil, and paint should all be disposed of properly, not washed down the drain. Toilet paper should be the only thing flushed down your toilets. Wipes, paper towels, feminine products, and diapers should never be flushed down the toilet.

Use drain stops 

The drain stops in your sinks and bathtub are necessary, don't take them out for any reason. If you need a replacement one, purchase a new one from your local hardware store.

Clear out roots 

If you have a lot of trees in your yard, chances are the roots from those trees are eventually going to look for water inside your sewer drainage pipe. Clear out these roots by using a granular root killer in your toilet once per month or every few months depending on how many trees you have in your yard.

If you notice any issues with your plumbing or think you may have a clogged drain call a professional drain cleaning service to have your drains inspected and the clog cleared.