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Does DIY Drain Cleaning Work?

Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 11:00 am

water-going-down-drainWe could answer this question with a simple “no”, but we figure we should explain why DIY drain cleaning methods are never as effective as hiring a professional plumber for the job. Yes, we understand that there are lots and lots of online tips and tricks, but if you want the job done right, scouring the internet certainly isn’t the answer.

Of course, there are some plumbing problems that do not require a professional — take, for instance, unclogging a clogged toilet with your handy dandy plunger! However, if you are looking for a true cleaning, toilet plungers and chemical drain cleaners simply won’t do. Below, we have compared some at-home drain cleaning solutions with professional drain cleaning tools, so you can decide for yourself which is best. Keep reading to find out more! (And of course, remember to schedule your plumbing in Tumwater, WA with our team!)

Plungers vs. Plumber

Let’s face it: we all use a plunger every once and a while. While these are great tools to use for a blockage near the drain opening, they aren’t always powerful enough. We are definitely not telling you to throw your plunger away and call a plumber every time your toilet is backed up, but more often than you think, the issue lies deep within your plumbing system. The best thing you can do for a deep blockage in your plumbing system is to contact a professional plumber. 

Professional vs. Home Drain Snakes

You can find drain snakes in almost any hardware store, but they often aren’t enough to solve the problem you face. Grease or hair buildup prove to be a challenge for home drain snakes — plus, home drain snakes often have trouble grasping the clog and begin to flail when they reach it. 

The professional drain snake, or an auger, is quite unlike anything you will find in a hardware store. In fact, the augers a pro uses are often motorized. This allows it to break through any clog, no matter the size. Also, many augers have rotating heads that can cut through tree roots! They are extremely tough! You can count on a professional plumber to use an auger correctly. 

Chemical Drain Cleaners vs. Hydro Jetting

First and foremost, chemical drain cleaners are dangerous. They are toxic and often are not effective. Plus, they can cause damage to the inside of your pipes! There is a reason most landlords don’t allow their tenants to use these products! Trust us, don’t pour chemicals down your drain. 

Plumbers rely on hydro-jetting to break up clogs and clear pipes. Hydro-jetting is a method of drain cleaning that involves spraying a high-pressure stream of water down the drainpipe. It can be used as either a preventative or reactive measure, allowing plumbers to clear out tough clogs and prevent new ones from forming. Hydro-jetting is most useful for clearing out residue left over from fats, oils, and grease, all of which can cause serious blockage. 

To schedule your drain cleaning services with a professional, contact the team at Brooks Plumbing Company today! 

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