Avoiding Drain Cleaning Fiascoes
One of the worst ways to spend your off-days is by working on a drain cleaning project yourself. There are a number of problems that can arise with drain cleaning that could cause the problem to get worse. As a local plumber, we’ve encountered several “do-it-yourself” fiascos over the years when performing drain cleaning, leak detection, water heater repair, water heater installation, and slab leak repairs. Here is the first of a series of blogs that furnish details of how you can avoid similar problems.
Over the Counter Drain Cleaning
It good to know that over the counter drain cleaners are best used for slow draining sinks, toilets, and tubs. Using them for completely stopped plumbing usually just compounds the problem by just adding substance to the clog. Additionally, many of the chemicals in drain cleansers are not good for the environment. For clogged plumbling systems, a do it yourselfer’s better option is renting an auger, better known as the “snake”.
If not used properly a snake can cause serious injury even to an experienced plumber. The best point to use a snake is at a cleanout access point. If you do not know where it is, ask a good local plumber. Always keep the minimum amount of cable exposed as possible. Doing so will help you to avoid getting hurt. If you do not feel comfortable, call a professional. It is always best to be safe than sorry.
Hydro jets use pressurized liquids to completely clear out what has been left behind by snakes. As mentioned, they are meant to be used after an auger has created a hole in the clog. We offer hydro jetting with our services.
There is no shame in getting a professional plumber to get a drain cleaning job done. At Brock Plumbing, we have a wide array of highly specialized tools that assists us to get such plumbing issues fixed quickly.