Blocked drains are a common household nuisance that can easily derail your day.

From minor clogs to severe ones, plumbing problems like a blockage often call for the help of experienced plumbers in Canberra. There are also larger jobs in public that may require the assistance of Roads ACT.

However, when it comes to your own home, there are early warning signs of blocked drains you can look out for. Here are 4 of the most common, and most obvious.

Slow draining sinks or toilet: A blocked toilet will see the water level rise, then drain away slowly if there’s a stubborn blockage. Sink drains will also suffer from poor drainage as there’s mineral build-up, fats and oils or food scraps taking up valuable space.

Strong sewerage smells: Food debris blockages will break down and decompose. So will other waste. Left alone for long enough, everything will mingle together in a noxious concoction that’s incredibly off-putting.

Noisy drainage: Expect a slow running drain to produce bubbling sounds or a noticeable gurgling noise. That’s the sound of water struggling to pass through narrow, uneven gaps in the pipes.

Overflow: Flooding and overflow is undeniably the most obvious sign of a drain blockage. If water cannot pass through the sewerage system, then it has to come back up. That puts your house at risk of water damage, a costly fix.

No matter the warning sign, it’s always best to react fast when there’s a suspected blocked drain. Any delay can cause costly plumbing issues in the future.

If you need help, contact Metropolitan Plumbing on 1300 367 333.

This editorial was created in partnership with Metropolitan Plumbing.