Floor drains can be lifesavers in the event of a flood or unwanted emergency water event in your home or business. Having a floor drain can help keep water from building up as a result of a burst pipe or other water emergency, saving your personal belongings from ruin and preventing mold and mildew from forming inside your home or place of business. Now this is only true if they drain properly. A clogged floor drain is of no use to anyone.
Some of the problems that can occur with floor drains include:
- Blockages and clogs. If your basement floor drain often overflows, or overflows and does not drain out, your sewer pipe is either clogged or completely blocked for some reason. Hopefully, the source of the problem is a simple accumulation of debris, and a plumbing snake can be used to eliminate the problem. However, a buildup of soap, grease and other waste can cause a more solid blockage if it crystallizes. This may cause a situation that is a little more involved when it comes to removal. This is where a professional like the experts at Leo’s Sewer and Drain can be called upon to address the issue. The worst floor drain blockages happen when a sewer pipe breaks and fills up with dirt, requiring an extensive repair. We have the tools to check for exactly what is causing the blockage with drain camera inspection.
- Foul odors. If you begin to notice a foul odor emanating from your floor drain, a few gallons of water can be the answer. If your floor drain is dry, sewer odors will begin to back up into your drain pipe. Unfortunately, a dry drain can also allow bugs to make their way up into your drain and ultimately into your home. Keeping your floor drain p-trap wet will prevent both nasty odors and pesky pests from ending up inside your home where they don’t belong. If odors are persistent, you can add a little vinegar to the water you pour down the drain to establish a water barrier. The vinegar will help neutralize any lingering odors.
- Sewer line back-flow. Unfortunately, back-flow from a sewer can occur during a heavy rain, causing a municipal sewer line to back up, causing problems in your floor drain. This is essentially a “worst case” scenario. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this from happening. A back-flow preventer gate can be installed to prevent municipal sewer line waste from making its way into your home or business.
If you are having trouble with your floor drain, or want to schedule an inspection to prevent problems before they start, give Leo’s Sewer and Drain a call. We provide the most affordable drain cleaning in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area. You’ll be thrilled with our reasonable prices, rapid response to your phone call, and high quality, friendly customer service.