There likely isn’t a homeowner around who, at one time or another, has had to deal with a drain clog. They’re also one of those plumbing problems that many people deal with incorrectly. In the average home, people reach for some type of store-bought chemical based drain cleaning liquid to handle the problem. But this is a terrible way to deal with the problem. Keep reading to learn more about why this is harmful, and what you should do when you need a thorough Denver drain cleaning.
The reason you’re able to clean out superficial clogs with these store bought drain cleaners is because the majority of them use corrosive chemicals to do their job. These chemicals will eat through whatever is blocking the pipe, sure, but it won’t end there.
Prolonged use of these types of drain cleaners will actually eat away at the pipe itself, to the point where it will likely need to be replaced years earlier than it would have been otherwise. The chemicals found in most of these drain cleaners aren’t good for you and your family, either. It’s actually pretty easy to injure yourself by accidental exposure to the fumes in them, if you aren’t really careful.
Our professional plumbers are very aware that store bought drain cleaners typically do more harm than good. This is why we don’t use corrosive chemicals in our own drain cleaning services. Rather, we’ll make use of various other methods, methods that are effective at that. For instance, drain snaking is one form of drain cleaning that involves the use of an auger on a long cord to drill through any clogs in the pipe. This is the oldest, and often easiest, way to remove drain clogs.
Hydro-jetting is another common method for removing waste buildup in the drain pipes. A hydro-jet is essentially a thin hose with an omnidirectional sprayer head attached to it. The hose sprays a high-pressured stream of water into your pipes, hitting all areas of the pipe walls, and blasts away any waste buildup out of the plumbing system. This method has become increasingly popular throughout the years, since it not only removes the current clog, but also makes it harder for further clogs to form in the future.
However, there are some pipes that can’t withstand the pressure of hydro-jetting, so there is still some variance in which solutions are used. The most important thing to remember through all of this is that a professional plumber can clean out your drains much faster and more thoroughly than you can on your own. It may seem more expensive to hire a pro, but when you factor how much longer your pipes will last and how long you can go between service calls, the cost will be well worth it.