Drains are a vital part of the plumbing system because they help you dispose of the waste in the toilet and sink more efficiently. When properly maintained, drains can withstand continuous flushing and waste disposal for decades. Usually, regular cleaning by a professional plumber is one of the most critical maintenance practices for your drains. Clean drains are less susceptible to clogging. Sadly, many homeowners never think about their drains until it becomes clogged. If you have not cleaned your drains lately, here are a couple of signs they may require professional cleaning.

A Sewerage-Like Smell from the Drains

A bad smell that lingers in your home for a while may indicate all is not well with your drains. The smell from the clogged drains isn't just disgusting, it's also usually too prominent that even the strong fresheners in your house won't neutralize it. Actually, it may not go away even if you keep the windows open the whole day. Drain cleaning is the most reliable solution because it clears the waste in the sewer lines, which happens to be the source of the bad smell.

And, like many homeowners, you may be tempted to unclog the drains using some DIY techniques like pouring vinegar and baking soda down the drain. However, these techniques might not solve the problem because they won't clean and clear the drains properly. Get a professional plumber to unclog the drains so you can quickly bid the bad smell goodbye.

You Have More Than One Clogged Fixtures

You may not be disturbed when you only have a single slow drain in your home or when only one fixture is clogged. However, you should be worried when you have several slow drains because this may indicate serious clogs. In many cases, tree roots, cleaning products, soap, hair, and other foreign materials cause serious blockage in your plumbing system. So if you realize that several drains are clogged, contact a plumber immediately to clean them and prevent worse clogs that could cause a messy backup. 

You Experience Frequent Backups

A sewer backup is one of the most unpleasant experiences for any homeowner. This is because having sewerage in your sinks is extremely unsanitary and can pose serious health risks to your family. Also, water and sewer backups can form puddles in your lawn and basement or any other part of your home. They could also lead to mold and mildew development and encourage pathogenic microbes and germs to spread all over the place. Luckily, hiring a plumber to regularly clean your drains can help avoid such problems.  

Drain cleaning helps keep your drains in top condition throughout the year. You should not wait until the drains are completely clogged to clean them. If it's been a while since you cleaned them and are experiencing any of the above signs, contact a drain cleaning expert right away.