9 Signs You Need Drain Cleaning Services

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Your plumbing system is an extensive network of pipe and fixtures spread throughout your home. The condition of your drains can tell you a lot about its health. All the water you use passes through some type of drain, so any one of the following signs means it’s time to have your plumbing checked out by a professional.

Standing Water in a Fixture or Appliance

If water isn’t draining from a sink, shower, tub, or washing machine, there’s likely a clog in a downstream pipe. This can be soap residue, hair, or mineral scale. Drains often clog up slowly so not having them cleaned will eventually lead to more serious issues.

Water Drains More Slowly

Water should drain steadily, at the same rate every time. If water is taking it’s time to completely drain out of, for example, a sink, there’s probably a clog forming. But a technician can remove it to restore your drain before it gets worse.

Odd Noises

Unusual gurgling or bubbling noises may be heard when you run the sink or flush the toilet. This is due to water having to squeeze through tighter spaces or change direction to flow downstream. A clog can cause oxygen to travel backward as well, creating noise.

Frequent Clogging

Repeatedly having to unclog a drain is more than an inconvenience. It means that whatever is causing the problem hasn’t been resolved. This is a sign of something inside pipes causing residue and debris to continue building up.

Unpleasant Odors

Clogged pipes can cause odors from food or grease to back up. Waste and sewage can build up in plumbing lines as well, forcing a pungent odor into your home. A gas smell is an urgent situation in which you need to evacuate your home and call a gas plumbing company right away.

You Often Use Liquid Drain Cleaners

It’s not normal to have to repeatedly clean your drains. And liquid drain cleaners have highly corrosive chemicals; if you’ve been using them often, there’s a risk that pipes are being eaten away from the inside.


Namely fruit flies, these pests are attracted to food waste. If you notice a sudden increase in their presence, food may be stuck in your drainage pipes. After a thorough drain cleaning, the fruit flies won’t have any reason to stick around.

Your Toilet Keeps Overflowing

Any water backup can be extremely messy and lead to severe damage and expensive repairs. An overflowing toilet is especially bothersome as waste can clog sewage lines and back up into your home, causing odors, creating a mess, and possibly exposing you to bacteria and harmful pathogens.

Multiple Drains Are Clogged

If more than one sink or fixture drain is clogged, there’s likely a serious problem affecting your main drainage system or main sewer line. A professional has the tools to find it quickly and provide the appropriate repairs.

Contact a Professional Plumber

Quality Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can fix clogged drains and damaged sewers for homeowners and business owners in Glenpool, OK, and surrounding areas. Our technicians are highly trained and use advanced drain cleaning techniques to resolve the most complex of issues. Always on time and thorough, they explain all possible options before getting started. If you have questions or need to schedule service, contact us online or call 918-205-7258.

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