When you have a drain clog in your home, you may be tempted to go out and grab a liquid drain cleaner from the nearest hardware store. We’d strongly advise against that. Store bought drain cleaners are convenient, but in the end they do far more harm than good. Read on to find out more about why store bought drain cleaners are so bad for your drains.
The vast majority of drain cleaners use highly corrosive substances to “eat” through any clogs that may be in the drain. While this does work pretty well in the short term, it also causes a lot of damage to the pipes over time. Years of using these kinds of drain cleaners will lead to severe structural issues with the drain pipes, causing them to fail more often and require replacement earlier. Store bought drain cleaners also don’t remove as much waste from the pipe as you think. Oftentimes, some waste is left on the drain pipes, providing a starting point for future clogs.
Professional plumbers are well-aware of the issues with corrosive drain cleaners, which is why they don’t use them. Instead, they use one of two different drain cleaning procedures that don’t damage the pipes. The first is drain snaking, which involves using an auger on a long cord to drill through the clog. The second is hydro jetting, which is firing a high-pressure stream of water down the pipe to blast all accumulated waste off of the walls. Both tactics clean out the drain remarkably well, and keep the pipe in great condition.
Bell Plumbing and Heating offers a full range of drain cleaning services throughout Denver, CO. If you need drain cleaning services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.