Plumbing clogs rank among the most common issues homeowners have with their systems. It’s very easy to let the wrong foods slip down the drain, while toiletries, toothpaste and similar materials can gum up your pipes in a very short amount of time. Generally speaking, we urge people to contact a professional plumber to deal with clogs, since store-bought solutions like cleansers or snakes rarely do the job as effectively as they should.

The next question becomes how to spot a clog before it becomes a big problem. Specifics vary, but in most cases, you should be able to notice when trouble is brewing in your pipes, and call in a plumber to address it before it gets too serious. Here are 3 signs to watch for that could save you a great deal in time and aggravation.


The most obvious sign or a growing clog is water draining more slowly down your pipes than you’d expect, or even water which refuses to drain at all. If it’s the kitchen sink that’s affected, you might want to run the garbage disposal to see if that fixes the problem. Otherwise, you’re likely looking at a clog.


Food or other material which gets trapped in your pipes can give off an odor after several days or more. So can waste water from your toilet or similar outlet. If there’s an odd or unpleasant smell coming from your pipes, you’d best call a plumber to give it a look.


Strange noises can include anything from dripping noises after the faucet is turned off to gurgling sounds which occur when the water runs through the substance causing the clog. Even if the source lies elsewhere, noises like this are a good reason to call a plumber.

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. provides plumbing services throughout the Bergenfield, NJ area!

Monday, November 7, 2016 2:20 pm| Categories Plumbing |
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