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Having a clogged drain can be incredibly frustrating and can prevent you from using your sinks,shower, tub, or toilet. In addition, a blockage can also be a sign of a much larger issue, such as a clog in the main sewer line. If you need drain clearing services, rely on the expert Plumbers at Ferris Plumbing & Heating!

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Unfortunately, clogged drains are one of the most common indoor plumbing problems.  Over time, accumulated hair, soap scum, and dirt can lead to reduced water flow and blockages.   What are the signs you have a clogged drain?  Here are five signs of a drain blockage.

Inefficient Drainage

Are you experiencing slow draining in your shower, tub, or sink?  If so you probably have a clogged drain. Over time this happens due to the buildup of soap scum and hair.   You can prevent blockages with regular drain cleaning before they even occur. We do not recommend the use of drain cleaners; they are not as effective as promised and can damage your plumbing. Additionally, drain cleaners are bad for the environment.

Gurgling Sounds

Do you hear a strange gurgling sound coming from your drain system? This may indicate that air is trapped in your pipes somewhere, which can produce a clog further down the line. If you’re experiencing gurgling drains, give Ferris Plumbing & Heating a call to book an appointment right away to prevent damage to your main sewer line.

Foul Odors

Unpleasant smells coming from your drain can also be a sign of a clog. Remnants of food particles can accumulate in your drain and over time cause a blockage in your plumbing.

Unflushable Toilet

Usually, the first sign of a clogged drain is that your  toilet won’t flush; it appears backed up.  There could be a variety of reasons a toilet clogs; an excess of toilet paper has gathered in the drain, or a foreign object has been flushed down the drain.

Excess Water in Yard

If you notice unexplained puddles in your yard this can be a major sign that you may have a clog in your  sewer line. This is most often caused by tree roots and will therefore need significant repairs by a certified technician right away.

6 Things to Avoid Flushing Down the Drain

Most clogged drains can easily be prevented if you know what not to put down your drain. Let’s take a look at six things you should never put in your drain.


Avoid flushing unused medications down the toilet.  Although this may seem harmless, medication contains certain chemicals that can create a blockage in your toilet.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can be detrimental to your plumbing system; they can build up in your drain and  over time, clog your kitchen pipes and wreak havoc to your plumbing system.

Cotton Balls & Feminine Hygiene Products

Cotton balls, feminine products, and other papery substances may be labeled biodegradable but they still can clog your drain.


Disposing of paint down the drain is extremely harmful for your plumbing system. Paint has a number of toxins and chemicals that end up in our water supply.


Grease is another reason for clogged drains. It forms a thick, gunky like substance that adheres to other materials like eggshells, food, and paper towels, which then creates one major clog.


If you put eggshells down the garbage disposal, they are ground into tiny particles that get stuck to other oily materials. It’s best to dispose of eggshells in the trash can.

Drain Cleaning Services

Making sure you don’t flush certain items down the drain can help your system, but of course, drained clogs aren’t entirely avoidable. When they do occur, turn to the highly-trained Plumbers at Ferris Plumbing & Heating for outstanding drain clearing services.