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4 Disadvantages Associated With DIY Drain Cleaning

Posted by ADB Septic on October 23, 2019

As a professional in drain cleaning services, we face commonly face issues with the DIY techniques the homeowners have tried to use before calling us. For the majority of the time, we have found these are not good for cleaning drains and cause more problems than they fix. From harmful chemicals to money wasted on products that don't work, a lot of DIY techniques become a hassle for us but for the homeowner as well. Read this blog to learn more about the 4 major disadvantages of cleaning the drain yourself. 


Issues With Cleaning Chemicals 

The biggest issue with chemical drain cleaners is that not all of the drain cleaners are created equal. Not only are chemical drain cleaners typically not advised but using the wrong ones can lead to health risks and money wasted. Chemical drain cleaners may contain pollutants that typically won’t even be published on the front of the container. Pollutants are a risk to your health and most drain cleaners also have high toxicity levels. The fumes aren't healthy to inhale, and will sting and irritate your nose and eyes. These fumes hang around wherever the chemical was used, long after the chemicals go down the drain. Most importantly, do not use chemical drain cleaners on a drain that is attached to a garbage disposal, as there can be a splash-back effect the next time you turn on the disposal, spraying chemicals into your mouth, eyes, or skin. 

In addition to health issues, these chemicals can damage your plumbing pipes and may not even work. According to Angie's List, the principle chemical in commercial cleaning solutions is hydrochloric acid. This will not only gnaw at pipes as it sits in them, it will chew off the enamel and other expensive finishes in your kitchen or bathroom. Plus, you may spend even more money to keep using the product as it may not work effectively. Think about it, there are many reasons why your drain has issues and may be clogged meaning chemicals may not be enough to do the work. You may spend more money to keep buying these chemicals to only find out, not too long down the road, your still having drain issues. 

Dangers of Hands Down the Drain

 Sadly, it's common for homeowners to try and save money and time using their hands to unclog the drain. Sometimes their might just be a little hair stuck in the sink that is easy to grab and the problem is solved. However, this is not the case most of the time. Sticking your hand down the drain is dangerous because you might not only potentially cut your hands but worst of all you might get your hand stuck. If no one else is home and you are too far from a phone, you could be stuck for a long while. Also, getting stuck means spending time and money getting your hand out, which may even result in a call to the fire department. The ease of putting your hand down the drain is not worth the money spent and the injuries that might occur if your hand were to get stuck, which happens all too often. 

The Difficulty of Cheap Tools

There are tools available that eliminates harsh chemicals and using your hands to unclog the drain. These tools are useful for small clogs but can potentially make problems with your drain worse. As you use the tool to try and hook the source of the clog to pull it up and out, you may be accidentally pushing it farther down. You may notice some of the clog may come up with your drain snake but after spending a good portion of your day, the water is still not draining down your sink correctly. You have already spent hours and didn't know you were making the problem worse until the time has already been spent. Using a tool isn't a bad idea for drain maintenance but if you have a major clog or another potential issue with your drain it is important to have a professional come in to the work quickly and professionally. 

The Pain of Boiling Water 

To avoid using harsh chemicals, homeowners try making their own drain cleaners with several types of household products. However, the most common is the simplicity of boiling water. Using hot water can break components apart to help unclog the drain. However, like other uses described throughout the article, the hot water may not have the capability to help a larger drain problem. Plus, you have to be careful pouring the water down the drain as all it takes is to pouring it down in a rush and the hot water coming back up and splashing you in the face. 

ADB Septic | Drain Cleaning Services CT 

When blockages and clogs happen ADB Construction & Septic is here to help! We offer sewer drain cleaning service at a fair, hourly rate. ADB Construction & Septic has NO hidden fees or add-ons. Our fair hourly rate includes the use of a video inspection camera as needed. With the use of our video inspection system, we can locate any problem! We offer our friendly, knowledgeable technicians, with fully stocked service vans to solve any problem. Whether its roots in your sewer main, or a grease back up from your kitchen sink, we can help! Hair clogs in your tub, we can unclog any drain!

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