The drain in the basement serves an essential purpose of diverting wastewater and flood water away from your home and to the nearest municipal sewer line. Floor drains serve the essential purpose of being a lifesaver when your washer starts overflowing or when your water heater bursts. Backups without an available floor drain equal flooding and possible property damage. How do you prevent this from happening? With a timely floor drain inspection.
The issue with floor drains is that they are very rarely used; the water dries out and it leaves a sewer-like smell after some time has passed. Here at Vietzke Trenchless, we recommend priming the floor drain once every 6 months in order to prevent this from happening. It’s simple- just pour about a liter of water into your floor drain to wash out the dirt and the clinging residue. Plus, it replaces the stagnant water in the trap with fresh water to circumvent the smell.
Is your floor drain going constantly overflowing? Then the likely culprit is a blockage or a serious clog near the drain pipes. It could be excess calcified buildup, accumulation of grease, hair, food wastes or everyday objects. The result could be a disastrous backflow that could ruin your day.
The opposite is another matter. Does your floor drain never overflow? Then you may have a different issue. Residential floor drain systems normally cause small amounts of overflows in order to relieve pressure coming from the main pipes. If you don’t see this, then it could be that a section of the drains are broken and that wastewater is being diverted properly to the municipal line. The water could be leaking inside of your home or deep underground, which could cause a huge headache at a later time. In this is the case, it’s best to consult with a professional to see if your pipes are in good shape and that no leaks are forming.
A clog in the pipe is characterized by unusual gurgling sounds coming from the open drain. This is because the water tries to escape through the narrow pipe diameter. Then, you’ll start smelling raw sewage because of the decaying matter and sludge that’s stuck inside of the ailing pipe. All the drains in house suffer from sluggish operations, and sometimes, proper flow can’t be allowed until the clog is removed. Here at Vietzke Trenchless, we have the necessary equipment and knowledge to determine the root cause of your drain problem.
Schedule regular drain inspections for total peace of mind. At Vietzke Trenchless, we have the necessary tools and skills to deal with clogged drains and all other drain issues towards a long-term solution.