Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Does the water drain too slowly from your sink? Does your tub fill with water when you're taking a shower? If you've said yes to one or both of these questions, you may have a clogged drain. A clogged drain isn't just a small plumbing issue, it can cause serious problems in your home.
Here are four problems a clogged drain can cause.
1. Water Leaks
If your drain is clogged, water might start backing up into the drain pipes that are connected to your sinks and tubs. When left just sitting in the drainpipe, the water could potentially start leaking through the seals and caulking. If the leaky drainpipes are out of sight, the results could be disastrous for your home. It's not uncommon for undetected water leaks to cause mold growth and structural damage.
2. Irritating Odors
If your sink's drain is clogged, waste, food, and other substances will start to build up in the pipes. Eventually, bacteria will begin to form and your sink will develop an irritating odor. Not only will just your sink smell, however. These irritating odors will start traveling to other parts of your home.
Irritating odors are not only embarrassing, but they can also have psychological effects. Persistent odors can cause anxiety and increase stress levels. For some, irritating odors also cause headaches and nausea.
3. Insect Infestation
When you have a clogged drain or pipe, it could produce stagnant water. Some insects, such as mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water. Besides the problem of stagnant water, you will also have food trapped in the pipe, which provides plenty of food for certain insects. Along with living off the trapped food, insects will also lay their eggs inside your drains and pipes. Insects that are prone to living in clogged drains include cockroaches, drain flies, and fruit flies.
4. Health Problems
If there is waste stuck in the pipes, water will need to pass through the waste, which could cause it to become contaminated. Drinking contaminated water increases the chances of getting a bacterial infection called campylobacteriosis.
Clogged drains that produce standing water might also lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew release spores into the air, which can cause respiratory problems. This is especially true for those who have asthma or are allergic to mold.
As you can see, a clogged drain isn't just a small plumbing issue. Since clogged drains can cause some serious problems, it's important to contact a plumber so that they can unclog and clean your drains.