Most people don't think about plumbing drains until the signs of problems arise. Ignoring those signs could lead to bigger issues more quickly than you think. Don't get caught unexpectedly by drainpipe problems. Be on the lookout for five signs that something is wrong and you need professional drain cleaning.
A drain is an empty pipe. Water runs down the drain from the sink, shower, and elsewhere to the sewer system. If soap scum or debris builds up, the drain suffers from obstructions. Backups and clogs occur when something's blocking the flow. Cleaning out the drain could restore the flow before things get worse.
Foul odors indicate something is rotting down in the drain. If you dumped cooking oil down the sink and thought running the faucet would clean everything out, well, the smell coming from the drain shows it won't. A thorough cleaning, however, just might.
Even if the drains seem to work, you should feel alarmed at the gurgling sound coming from the pipes. An obstruction is likely causing the “glug” sound. Obstructions only get worse. Collins Comfort Masters addresses troubles like this all the time.
All those bits of food particles that the garbage disposal didn't completely get rid of will do more than just look gross. They likely become a breeding ground for bacteria. You probably want to move quickly on cleaning that drain.
A slow drain is better than a clog, right? Honestly, there isn't much difference because the slow drainage will probably turn into a clog soon. Anything out of the ordinary means there's a problem.