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5 Signs You Need Sewer Drain Cleaning

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It’s not a fun topic, but have you thought about whether your sewer drain needs to be cleaned? Probably not. In fact, you may not even know the signs to watch for that indicate you need to schedule a sewer drain cleaning.

Yet it is a very important service that can benefit your home and family greatly. Keep reading to learn more about sewer cleaning in Plano, TX. Then, give our team a call to schedule your appointment so that you can stay ahead of sewage problems. 

Slow Draining

This is one of the easiest ways to identify that you are having sewer problems. If your drains are emptying slowly, it means that you have a clog or potentially more than one clog somewhere in the piping that leaves your home. If you have a single slow drain, then your problem is probably close to that plumbing fixture. However, if you have slow drains across your entire home, the problem is probably deeper in your sewer system.

Bad Odors

Sewer problems can also cause bad odors in your home. You may smell something unusual but don’t know exactly where it is coming from. If you lean down and smell the inside of your sinks or near your drains, you may be able to identify that the odor is coming from your plumbing. Each of your drains has a p-trap, which is a curve in the pipe that traps water to prevent odors from wafting up into your home. 

However, if your sewage problems are serious enough, water may be backing up in a way that allows odors to enter your home. This isn’t just an annoying problem that you can spray air fresheners and keep going. Bad odors can also mean that bacteria is wafting up into your home and putting your family’s health at risk. 


When your plumbing system is overloaded, that means you see water back up into drains you’re not using while other sources in your home are using water. For example, you may turn on your washing machine and have water back up into your bathroom sink. Or maybe you are running your dishwasher and water backs up into your kitchen sink.

Any type of backup that occurs where you are not using water should raise concern. That means water from other sources of your home has nowhere else to go, so it is spreading throughout the drainage system that is actually inside of your home instead of channeling outside.

Unexplained Backups 

It is also possible for these water backups to happen when you are not using water anywhere in your home. For example, you may notice a water backup in a sink or tub when there is nobody using water while you are home. You should give us a call for any of the concerns above, but this one is a particularly big concern.


One final red flag to pay attention to is your yard. If you notice flooding or wet spots in your yard when it hasn’t been raining or you haven’t used your water hose, sewage may be backing up into your yard. Even if your sewer doesn’t cause backups in your home, it can possibly impact your yard instead. Letting the problem continue on will lead to problems inside your home eventually. 

Get it done right… Right now! The team at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your home needs – including addressing the sewer problems.

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