Are you experiencing residential sewer stoppage? Chronic clogs can set up an adversarial relationship between the homeowner and their plumbing. If the toilet did what it was supposed to do (flush), there would not be clogs or stoppage, right? Wrong. The most common cause of stoppage is flushing things down the toilet that do not…
Hydro-Jetting vs. Drain Cleaning Products
When your drain is backed up, it throws the whole house out of order because a house without proper plumbing is no longer a comfortable living space. Drains can get clogged from a variety of household waste, and the buildup can cause multiple issues within the pipes. Many residents turn to drain cleaning products to help clear the clog. Drain cleaning products may seem easy, but they contain harsh chemical solutions that can damage pipes and fixtures. If you are dealing with a drainage issue, it is best to contact a professional drain cleaning service.
What causes common clogs?
Clogs can be caused by several types of household items not meant to be poured down a sink, tub or toilet. Here are common clog causers and how to prevent them:
Hair. Hair accumulates and creates a jumbled mess that can cause blockage. Use a tub shroom or strainer above your drain to catch hair and prevent it from getting into your pipes as much as possible.
Non-flushable items. Flushing items other than toilet paper, such as feminine hygiene products, wipes or cotton swabs, can cause blockage in your pipes and down to the sewer. The toilet is not a trash can! Anything besides toilet paper should be thrown in the trash.
Cooking oil, grease and fat. While great in food, these items are not great for your drain and can put a strain on the garbage disposal unit as well. Cooking oil, grease and fat build up and congeal to cause a clog. Throw these items away in the trash, and be sure there is a strainer on your kitchen sink drain to catch thick substances before doing the dishes.
How to handle clogs: drain cleaner
Drain cleaners or “liquid plumbers” are a tempting option for residents and homeowners for many reasons. Mainly, they are cheap, easy and widely available. What many homeowners do not know is the risk of overusing drain cleaners. If a clog or backup is addressed with drain cleaner but clogs are occurring on a regular basis, it is a sign of a larger problem with the pipes and sewer line. But by this point, you have been addressing clogs with liquid drain cleaner and have risked damage from harsh chemicals on your pipes.
How to handle clogs: Professional service
Chronic clogs are a sign of a bigger problem. Instead of once again pouring more liquid drain cleaner, try calling a professional plumber to perform a hydro-jetting service. Hydro-jetting is a residential plumbing service performed by a professional plumber to extricate blockage from pipes and drains. It uses a pressurized hose to spray powerful jets of water down the drain to clear any debris or gunk that may be stuck. Hydro-jetting is a great service to consider if drainage has become a common issue, because this is usually an indicator that there may be a blockage under the surface.
Hydro-jetting vs. drain cleaners
Drain cleaners can do more harm than good in the wrong hands. Overuse of drain cleaners can cause further pipe damage and lead to costly repair. Hydro-jetting is an easy, effective way to clear blockage from drains.
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