If you just bought a pre-owned home, one of the first things you should do is have the drains cleaned. That might not seem like an urgent issue, but it is. In fact, it's one of the most urgent issues you could be facing as the new homeowner of a pre-owned home. You see, with pre-owned homes, you have no idea if the previous owner maintained the drains. That means there could be years – maybe decades – of sludge and debris stuck in those drains, just waiting to cause you problems. Not sure what type of problems dirty drains could cause you? Here are just four of them.
Frequent Clogs in Your Sinks and Toilets
The occasional clog is bad enough to deal with, but when you have dirty drains, you could be faced with frequent clogs in your sinks and toilets. That's because the sludge that's built up inside the drains has reduced the space that food particles, hair and even human waste can pass through. If the drains have been significantly compromised, you're going to be faced with stubborn clogs throughout the house.
Foul Odors Coming Up from the Drains
As if stubborn clogs weren't enough, dirty drains can also cause foul odors to escape into your home. All that sludge inside the drains has been rotting for years, creating noxious fumes. Eventually those fumes will find their way back up through the drains and into your home. When that happens, you're going to be faced with foul sewage odors, which can be difficult to get rid of.
Sewage Backups into Your Tubs
If the sludge buildup gets too bad, it could end up causing a sewer drain clog. When that happens, all the drains in your home are going to fail. If you're not sure what that means, it means that you're going to be faced with stoppages in every drain in your home – toilets, tubs and sinks. Unfortunately, they're all going to stop draining at the same time because the main sewage drain won't let anything through.
Damaged Drains in Your Yard
If your yard is filled with trees and large shrubbery, you could have roots growing in the drain pipes. If that's the case, you could be looking at damaged drains. Small roots become large roots, which can outgrow the drain pipes, causing them to crumble. If that happens, you'll need to have your drain pipes replaced.
Don't ignore your drains. If you're not sure the previous owners had the drains cleaned, now's the time to call a plumber and have the service taken care of.Share
3 March 2017
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.