Why DIY is Dangerous for Clogged Drains

Drains become clogged for a number of reasons, and the most likely culprits are hair and grease buildups, food particles, and other materials that do not dissolve quickly or easily.

Why DIY is Dangerous for Clogged Drains

Many homeowners see a drain clog as a problem that can be fixed without the help of a plumbing professional; however, in some cases, DIY drain cleaning can lead to bigger, costlier issues that can be avoided with expert assistance. Some of the main reasons to call a professional plumber instead of attempting to eliminate the clog yourself are:

Liquid Drain Cleaners are Dangerous

Though there are countless drain cleaning products on the market for homeowners to purchase and use, they can create several problems for homeowners:

  • First, the level of toxicity of the chemicals found in these cleaners is extremely high. The cleaners themselves and the fumes they emit can be harmful to adults, children, and pets in the home if handled or stored improperly.
  • Secondly, tools such as drain snakes, which are often sold in addition to drain cleaning solvents, and electric eels, which can be purchased in home improvement and hardware stores, can damage the interior lining of your piping resulting in the need for costly replacements if you do not know how to use them properly.
  • Finally, the highly corrosive nature of the chemicals found in drain cleaning liquids can actually cause the inner lining of your drain pipes to deteriorate, leading to cracks and water leaks. This is especially likely if drain cleaning chemicals are used frequently to unclog pipes.

You Can’t Determine the Extent of a Clog

While it may seem logical to attempt the unclogging task on your own, it can be very difficult to know for sure what caused the clog, where it is located, or if the problem can actually be alleviated by your efforts alone. Recurrent clogs could be a sign of a larger problem such as tree roots growing into the piping outside, an issue that would need to be identified and resolved by experts.

Professionally trained plumbers have the knowledge, tools, and resources to locate and remove a clog from the origin safely, giving you the peace of mind that it is fully taken care of in the most appropriate way.

As a rule, if you’ve attempted unsuccessfully to remove a drain clog, or if you’re experiencing frequent clogs, trust the job to a trained plumber. The next time you have a clogged drain, don’t rush to the store. Call the experts at Affordable Sanitation and have your clog removed by one of our highly trained sewage line professionals. You can count on Affordable Sanitation for reasonably priced, reliable service on all your plumbing issues.

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