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Clogged Drains


A quick Internet search will show you dozens of ways to magically clear a clogged drain. While some of these methods may fix the problem temporarily, a truly clogged drain is likely to need treatment from a professional plumber. The plumbers at Cates Heating and Cooling are experts at clearing out drain clogs and helping you get your sinks and other appliances running properly again.

Signs of Clogged Drains

There are a few tell-tale signs that you have a clogged drain in your home. They are as follows:

  • Water backing up in a sink or tub
  • Water pooling around shower drains
  • Water draining slowly after a pool has formed
  • Water bubbling in the toilet when the sink is running
  • Drains making a gurgling noise after running the washing machine or dishwasher
  • Water pooling on the floor near a bathtub or sink
  • The area around the kitchen sink smells like rotting food
  • Sewage odors coming from drains

When a water or sewage drain is clogged, you will start to notice the signs listed above. These problems can be caused by a variety of different factors, but a few common causes are neglected pipes, hair buildup, oil buildup, mineral buildup from the water, and foreign objects finding their way into the pipes.

Damaged pipes are nothing to scoff at. Fixing the problems as soon as possible after they arise can prevent more damage to the pipes. Preventative maintenance can also help you catch problems early and prevent clogs and other plumbing problems.

What Should I Do If I Have a Clogged Drain?

The best thing you can do is contact a professional plumber. They will come to your home, locate the clog, and fix the problem for you. A Cates Heating and Cooling plumber can also talk to you about preventative maintenance options to help you prevent another clog.

Like we mentioned before, there are a lot of different “declogging” methods online. However, you do risk causing more problems or only fixing the issue temporarily. You are better off letting the professionals fix the issue correctly the first time.

What Should I Do If I Have Water Overflowing or Close to Overflowing?

At this point, you are looking at a plumbing emergency. This is when you might need to turn off the main water shutoff valve in your home. You will want to contact a plumbing company and ask for an appointment as soon as possible. Explain that you have water standing in your home or water that is close to overflowing.

At Cates Heating and Cooling, we offer emergency service calls and service. Our 24-hour team can help you at any time of day if you live in Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Leawood, Shawnee, Independence, and more!


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