Thinking About Cleaning Out Your Own Drains? Think Again – Learn Why it Can Be a Bad Idea

March 7, 2019

Thinking About Cleaning Out Your Own Drains? Think Again – Learn Why it Can Be a Bad Idea

Everyone can relate: A slow-moving drain is a pain. It is such an inconvenience and such a hassle. You see so many products for sale at the grocery store that say they can clean up clogs – why not use one? There are actually many reasons that you shouldn’t use them. Read on to learn why you should not use drain cleaners, how to keep your drains clean, and when to call in the plumber for drain cleaning.

The Truth About Drain Cleaners

The companies that make drain cleaners don’t want you to know that the chemicals they use can be very harmful to your pipes. Unfortunately, this includes even the chemicals that say they are “safe on pipes.” If you see a notice that you need to call for medical help or poison control if the substance even touches your skin, then it is a safe bet that it is not safe for your pets.

There Are Drain Cleaners That Can Maintain Your Pipes

If you really want to use some type of liquid-based drain cleaner, then we recommend using an all-natural enzymatic. Note that this is not meant to break down tough clogs – it should be used only to help maintain your pipes to prevent clogs. If you already have a clog, then you may try one of the below solutions or call High Speed Plumbing directly.

How to Maintain Your Drains on Your Own

Just because you shouldn’t use strong chemicals doesn’t mean that you can’t take action to protect your pipes at all. If you have noticed that your drain is slightly slow, or if you simply want to maintain your drains month to month, one option is to pour a large pot of very hot water down the drain. Do not use boiling water but close to boiling. Then run cold water down it to flush out the clogs you’ve heated up.

Another option is baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour half a cup of vinegar. Plug up the sink at that point and leave it to sit overnight. Then flush it with hot water in the morning. This can be done once each month to help maintain your pipes.

What to Do if You Need Your Drain Unclogged

If you have a serious clog then you should call the professionals in. In the long run, it will be affordable to pay a plumber today than to do more damage if you try to fix it yourself. You can contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185. We are here 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing services too.