Two Reasons Homeowners Shouldn't Tackle Drain Cleaning On Their Own

7 October 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Yes, you're a homeowner and you probably know quite a bit about maintaining your home. However, this might not make you an expert. This is particularly the case when it comes to your drains. When some people are faced with a clogged drain, they decide to take the job of clearing out their drains into their own hands. This innocent gesture can actually end up being a huge mistake for a number of different reasons.

Drain Snakes

Drain snakes seem like a very practical idea on the surface. If there is an object stuck in the pipe, wouldn't it make sense to push it through to clear the clog? Yes. The unfortunate reality is that drain snakes can cause major damage to a pipe--damage you might not even be immediately aware of.

A number of drain snakes are made from steel that is formed in a coiled cable form. As you twist the snake deeper into the pipe, the excess pressure on the coiled pieces of steel may cause it to snap. The force from the snap might even be enough to cut through a pipe and cause a small leak.

Drain Cleaners

Walk down the home improvement aisle of just about any store and you're sure to find a plethora of drain cleaners.  Using one of these products is a bad idea for two reasons. First, this might not completely eliminate the clog. In some cases, it might loosen it, but this will only cause it to travel deeper in the drain. While it might seem like the problem is resolved on the surface, it's only a matter of time before it resurfaces and causes more problems.

Another concern with using drain cleaning products is the fact that many of these cleaners contain harsh chemicals that aren't only toxic, but also powerful enough to eat through your pipes, particularly those made from made from materials like PVC or iron. If the chemicals eat through the pipes, this can also cause a small leak that you might not discover for a while. An undetected leak can lead to costly repairs for not only your plumbing, but also expenses like flooring replacement.

When it comes to drain cleaning, a plumbing professional should be your first line of defense. A plumber won't only be able to clear your drain, but also assist you with preventive steps to help avoid this type of scenario in the future. Contact a company like Royal-T-Rooter Service to learn more.