3 signs your drains are blocked

Blocked drains always happen at the worst times, but if you know these three signs then next time your drains are getting jammed you’ll be able to quickly diagnose the problem and get help before you’re left with complete drain blockages. Use your senses to play detective and spot drains becoming blocked before the whole system breaks down.

SEE – Slow water drainage

eyesPotentially the easiest one to spot but since this can happen to every drain around your home it’s important to look out for all of them. Water draining slowly can be a sign of problems further down the system – water will likely have to filter through the blockages which make the process considerably slower. Sinks, showers, baths, and toilets can all experience these issues so make sure you monitor all drains around your home to be sure they are working well.

What can cause slow water drainage? Well, ANYTHING; if it can get down the drain it can cause a blockage. In the bath and shower, hair is the most common culprit whilst in the kitchen cooking, fat and food leftovers are the usual ones to blame.

SMELL – Unwanted bad smells



We’ve talked before about smelly drains but it is important to remember this is a key sign of blocked drains so if you notice a funky smell lingering around your plumbing then it might be time to call for reinforcements before your system begins to struggle. This is especially common in kitchen sinks because food building up in the pipes will start to decompose and release a bad odor – this smell can even increase when taps are turned on!

What can cause bad smells? As mentioned hair and food can cause blockages and over time this can start to smell. But smelly pipes can be linked to washing machines too, mud and dust can build up over time eventually making a smelly block in the system.

HEAR – Drains that talkback

earGurgling noises are our third way you can self diagnose a blocked drain. Air trapped around blockages means that when water flows down the drain it will try to move around the blockage which pushes air into the water making the noise. If you start to hear your drains you’ll probably also be able to see water draining slowing and even smell whatever is blocked down below.

What can cause noisy drains? All of the above and much more! Typically blockages with space for some filtration cause the noise because these small gaps become filled with air later leading to the gurgling. Hair in the bathroom is probably the most common but these sounds can come from any of the drains around your home.


These three steps are easy for anyone to spot at home but you’ll need the experts to help resolve the problem; if you start to see, smell or hear your drains get in touch and we’ll help to get things moving!