Floor drains can be a lifesaver! Often found in basement floors, floor drains can help filter water away from your home in case of a broken pipe or flood. This prevents mold and mildew from growing, while relieving your pipes of any additional pressure from overflowing water. However, like many parts of your plumbing system, if your floor drain ever becomes compromised, it can cause damaging problems that require immediate attention.
3 Common Floor Drain Issues and How To Fix Them
- Sewage Backflow
Let’s start with the worst-case scenario when it comes to floor drains: backflow from the sewer. Whether it’s due to heavy rain, or an issue in the municipal system, sewage water can back up into your basement and cause disastrous, health hazardous issues. The best way to prevent this is to install a preventer gate that stops the waste from getting into your home.
- Blocked Drain
If you notice that your floor drain frequently overflows, or the overflow never fully drains out, then you probably have a blockage in your pipes. Sometimes, the blockage can be easily disseminated if it’s just an accumulation of hair and waste. All you have to do is snake the drain! If the clog is due to buildup of grease or soap, it can crystallize into a larger block up that requires the assistance of a plumber. Rarely, the blockage may be due to dirt that entered because of a broken sewer pipe. This is the worst-case scenario for a blocked drain and causes expensive damages. Don’t worry though, there are professionals trained to help tackle these issues, such as your friends at ACE!
- Nasty Odors
If you begin to notice any disturbing odors coming from your drain, you should immediately check the trap. If the trap is dry, then you have an issue. The trap should be wet, to help block odors from wafting up into your home. Even worse, insects from the sewer can crawl up through the drain too. Yuck! Fortunately, there is an easy fix: just pour water down the drain and refill the trap to prevent anything from coming back up.