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    7 Signs Your Drains Need Professional Cleaning

    How do you know when it’s time to stop trying to fix your plumbing problems by yourself? Here are seven signs that you need to schedule a professional drain cleaning.

    1. Inability to Clear a Clog

    Some clogs are tough to clear. You’ve tried using the plunger and drain cleaner, but nothing is working. The fact is that your DIY attempts may not be powerful enough to break up the mass that’s stuck in the pipes. A professional has the tools to clear it without damaging the pipes.

    2. Standing Water and Slow Drains

    Are you tired of constantly pouring drain cleaner down your bathtub drain? Does your tub still have water in it 30 minutes after you’ve finished your shower? Temporary fixes aren’t enough. Contact a plumber to clear out the gunk that’s blocking the drain.

    3. Foul Odors

    Nobody wants to live in a house that smells bad, especially if they can’t figure out how to remedy it. It may smell like garbage or sewage, but you have a covered trash can, and the toilets work fine. Run water in all the faucets, and flush the toilets. If the smell persists, call a plumber. Rotting food in the pipes might be the culprit.

    4. Strange Sounds and Air Bubbles

    Gurgling sounds and air bubbles in the toilet indicate that something is blocking your sewer line. Call a plumber right away to clean the mainline. Delays only make the problem worse.

    5. Overflowing Toilet

    Excessive toilet tissue may block a pipe, resulting in an overflowing toilet. In that case, your plunger might be able to apply enough suction to break up the tissue and solve the problem. On the other hand, if your child flushed a toy down the drain, you will need professional help clearing the pipe.

    6. Multiple Clogged Drains

    If you are experiencing problems with multiple drains in your home, there could be a serious issue with the main sewer line. Contact a plumber immediately before that nasty water has nowhere else to go except back into your home.

    7. Fruit Flies

    Fruit flies may seem to appear out of nowhere. These tiny, annoying insects feed on food waste, and if your counters are clean, they are probably feasting on food trapped in your pipes. Although your pipes are not draining slowly yet, the presence of the flies signals that food is accumulating, and a clogged drain is only a matter of time. Let a professional thoroughly clean the pipes and banish the flying pests.

    If you’re having trouble with drain clogs or other plumbing problems, contact Country Gentlemen Plumbing in Syracuse, NY. We provide fast, efficient service.

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