Something that’ll annoy you as a homeowner – stepping into your shower and not getting the water pressure you expect or flushing the toilet only to wait what seems like an eternity for the water to drain. These are typically caused by one household villain – clogged drains.
How Do You Deal With a Clogged Drain?
Clogged drains are a common household inconvenience that no one is safe from. Your food, body hair, toilet paper, and other commonly-used materials build up in your drains over time, eventually causing an obstruction, or “traffic jam”.
At this time, a homeowner’s natural response is to deal with the clogged drain themselves, using a store-bought drain cleaning solution. The bottle states it can clean any obstruction, so it has to work, right? The short answer – No.
The store-bought drain cleaners are dangerous, corrosive substances that aren’t exactly safe to use or even keep around the house. They also are not guaranteed to fix the clogged drain completely. Think of it as putting lipstick on a pig.
Drain Cleaners Can Cause Damage
The drain cleaning products you’re buying at the local store will erode your pipes, especially the inexpensive brands. These products rely heavily on harsh chemicals to clear your clogged pipes. Hydrochloric acid, typically found in store-bought drain cleaners, is highly corrosive.
Each time you use the drain cleaner you purchased at the store, you’re doing irreparable damage to your plumbing system. This can lead to a more expensive, but necessary sewer repair or replacement.
They’re Toxic Products
Furthermore, the chemicals in these liquid drain cleaners linger in your home after use. As a result, when you use these drain cleaners, they can cause chemical burns, respiratory irritation, and other health effects. Our plumbing experts won’t cause you any health effects.
Do you have young children? Drain cleaners are especially dangerous when there are young children in the house too.
No Guarantees They’ll Fix Your Clogged Drains
Also, just because the drain cleaning bottle says it’ll solve your clogged drain issues doesn’t mean it’s a 100% guarantee. Unless you have a very minor clog, drain cleaners are unlikely to solve your plumbing issue.
Liquid drain cleaners won’t solve a backed-up sewer line or a broken pipe. Actually, those drain cleaning products can make the problem worse. In addition, if you decide to deal with your plumbing issues with a DIY quick-fix, it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
Bring in the Drain Cleaning Experts
When you call a professional team to unclog a drain, they don’t just pour chemicals down into it just because the bottle says it will. A professional drain clean team like Dream Team Plumbing will use specialized tools that’ll solve your clogged drain issue the first time. No “lipstick on a pig” solutions used here.
Our Plumbers use a device called a motorized drain augur, better known as a “drain snake.” These long, flexible devices easily clear out hair, food, and other common causes of your sink and drain clogs in your home.
Depending on the situation in your home, our plumbers might use cameras mounted on fiber optic cables to get a direct look at what’s going on inside your drain. For severely clogged drains, a hydro-jetter is used to blast high-pressure water down drains, clearing out any and all obstructions.
No one is safe from a clogged drain at their home. Even with good prevention habits, clogged drains are bound to happen. The next time your drains clog, think twice before you purchased that bottle of drain cleaner from the local store. You might just be putting off a larger problem backup, or even plumbing issue that needs to be handled by a professional.
Store-bought drain cleaners can be dangerous. Get better and safer results with a professional drain cleaning from Dream Team Plumbing.