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Keep Store-Bought Cleaners Away from Your Drains!

Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 11:00 am

water going down a drainDrain clogs are an unfortunate reality, and one that many homeowners have to deal with at some time or another. However, clogs are also one of those things that people address incorrectly. When a clog develops in a drain, most people reach for some type of store-bought drain cleaner to manage the problem. This is actually not a good way to deal with it at all. Keep reading to learn why you instead want to trust your drain cleaning needs to trusted Lakewood, WA plumbing professionals.

Store-Bought Solutions Have Side Effects

The reason that store-bought solutions are able to effectively clean out clogs is because the majority of them use corrosive chemicals to do the job. These chemicals will eat through a clog alright, but they won’t stop there.

Extended use of these types of drain cleaners will degrade the pipe itself, to the point that pipes will likely need to be replaced years earlier than they would have otherwise needed replacement. The chemicals found in these solutions aren’t good for you, either. It’s actually pretty easy to accidentally injure yourself or make yourself sick due to exposure to these chemicals if you aren’t careful.

The Professional Drain Cleaning Difference

Professional plumbers are very well aware that store-bought solutions do more harm than they do good to your plumbing system. This is why we don’t use corrosive chemicals for our own drain cleaning services. Rather, our professional plumbing technicians make use of a variety of more effective methods. For instance, drain snaking involves the use of an auger on a long cord to drill through any clogs in the pipe. This is the most common, and typically the easiest, way to rid your pipes of a clog.

Hydro jetting is a drain cleaning method that is growing in popularity. It effectively removes any waste buildup in your drain pipes. Hydro jet systems are thin hoses with omnidirectional sprayer heads attached to them. The hose sprays a very high-pressured stream of water into the pipe, reaching all areas of your pipe walls and blasting any waste buildup out of the system. The reason this method has grown in popularity so much is because not only does it remove the current clog, but it 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 solution is best for your specific needs. Our plumbers are happy to go over this with you!

The most important thing to remember about drain cleaning is that a professional plumber can clean out your drains much faster and more efficiently than you could on your own. Sure, it may seem less expensive to tackle a plumbing problem on your own, however, when you factor in how much longer your drain pipes will last, you’ll actually be saving money on potentially premature replacements. So if your drains are clogged, or in need of an annual cleaning, be sure to contact our professionals to handle the job!

Contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today for all of your plumbing needs.

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