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Watch Out For These Easy-To-Make Mistakes When Cleaning Your Drains

Joann Gardner

DIY drain cleaning may save you some money, but only if you know what you are doing. Otherwise, you may make mistakes and end up not only failing in your drain cleaning endeavors but even causing further damage. Here are some of the mistakes that many DIY drain cleaners make:

Over Relying On Chemicals

Chemical drain cleaners sometimes help, which is why you can't rule them out completely. However, in most cases, they cause more harm than good. First, the chemicals you put into your drains end up harming the environment by getting into the groundwater, affecting marine life and affecting waste treatment plants. Not only that, but the chemicals are also usually corrosive, which means they can corrode your drain pipes and cause leaks. Besides, the chemicals don't work on all types of clogging; they mostly work on soft or organic debris that they can break down, such as grease and food remains. Therefore, reaching for chemical cleaners every time a drain is blocked is a big mistake.

Sticking Everyday Objects down the Drain            

Some people see plumbers using a flexible auger to clear clogs and think they can improvise the process using everyday objects. For example, you may be tempted to use a long stick or a straightened clothes hanger to try and clear a clogged drain. Unfortunately, doing this is bad for more reasons than one:

  • The object may damage the drain pipe
  • The object may push the offending clog deeper into the drain pipe
  • The object may break apart and get stuck within the drain, causing further clogging

Considering all the above, you should restrict your unclogging efforts to using the plunger or pouring hot water down the drain and other harmless drain cleaning techniques. The moment you start thinking of an old clothes hanger is the moment you should call a professional plumber.

Improvising a Hydro Jet

Lastly, it is also a mistake to improvise a hydro jet and try to clean your drains. Maybe you saw or have read of plumbers using pressurized water to clear difficult drains. What you may not know is that the hydro jet is designed for this purpose, and it has a pressure regulator to avoid pipe damage. When you take a garden hose for the same purpose, it's unlikely to do the job because it won't have adequate pressure. In fact, if you aren't careful, you will just be adding more water to a blocked drain and can end up flooding the drain area.


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.