Posted By The Eco Plumbers 2 Nov. 2017
Clogged drains are as normal a part of home ownership as weeds in the garden or dirty rain gutters on your roof—they’ll all happen eventually. Because a clogged drain is so common, most people try to take on the challenge themselves and fix the issue on their own. However, while it’s certainly possible, it’s important to know that you could actually do more damage to your plumbing without some basic knowledge. Homeowners may make mistakes simply because they are unaware of what consequences their good intentions can have. Over the next two blogs, we’ll share some things to help those who wish to unclog their home’s drains on their own to avoid causing bigger, more costly issues to repair.
Flush It With Hot Water First
Believe it or not, a good flush with hot water can actually melt down some of the sticky substances that are “gluing” the clog particles in your pipe together, allowing it to flush away. The first thing you should try is to run the hottest water possible out of your faucet and down the drain to clear the clog the natural way. It legitimately surprises a lot of homeowners how often this works. However, that being said, it usually won’t flush away the clog entirely, and it could rebuild in the same spot later. It’s still advised you let a professional Columbus drain cleaning expert get rid of the issue for you, but the simple DIY trick of running hot water down the drain may solve the problem quicker and easier than you ever thought possible… for the time being.
Normal Tools May Be All You Need
Plumbers have a wide selection of the latest state-of-the-art tools at their disposal, but you don’t always need these tools to get the job done when it comes to clearing your pipes. In fact, some commonly-found household tools may do the trick. You probably have a toilet plunger; did you know it can also be used to try to unclog a stubborn shower or bathtub? Just do the same thing you would normally do for a clogged toilet and you could dislodge the clog. Likewise, if the clog is shallow, a long screwdriver may be able to take care of the problem. If you don’t have a tool that can take care of the job, you may be able to purchase a small drain snake or auger from your local home improvement store for a reasonable cost.
The Dangers of Liquid Chemical Drain Cleaners
You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV for a chemical liquid drain cleaner that claims it can get rid of that pesky clog in just a few minutes. Sounds too good to be true, right? Probably because it is. Drain cleaning liquids work by eating away at the clog, eventually causing it to dislodge and flush away. However, what many people also don’t recognize is that they corrode everything they touch—including your home’s pipes. We strongly advise avoiding these liquid chemical drain cleaners at all costs, or you could wind up with a much larger repair bill than the one you would have had for a simple drain cleaning service.
Ask your Columbus plumber about an eco-friendly drain cleaning product that naturally breaks down grease and organic buildup that cause slow drains and clogs, converting them into harmless by-products that easily wash away.
This ends part one of our two-part series. If you have a clogged drain and would like professional help clearing it away for good, call the Columbus drain cleaning experts at The Eco Plumbers today at (614) 665-5400 !
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