When you have a tough drain clog, you may be tempted to make a quick trip to your local hardware store to pick up an over-the-counter drain cleaner and take care of the problem yourself. Why involve a professional plumber, when you have resources at your fingertips?
Some clogs are DIY jobs, and others need the help of a professional. No matter what the case, you want to skip the drain cleaning chemicals at all costs. There are other methods for cleaning out your drains, and getting rid of clogs. And if you need plumbers in Calgary, our team is always here to help.
Chemicals Do More Harm Than Good
Strong drain cleaning chemicals don’t just bust tough clogs. They can also damage your plumbing. Using a drain cleaning chemical once or twice is not a huge deal, but if you become reliant on them, you can damage your pipes and plumbing connections. Using drain chemicals can lead to costly repairs later on, especially since these chemicals can flow throughout your plumbing from the drain that you pour them into all the way to the sewer.
Chemicals Are Toxic
And speaking of the sewer, these chemicals are also toxic. They are not good for the environment, so they can also cause problems for your city’s sewer system and your local area. If you don’t use them carefully, they can also pose risks within your home for your family. Breathing in the fumes can irritate your nose, eyes, and sinuses. Having these drain chemicals within reach of your children is also dangerous because swallowing the chemicals can be fatal.
Even when you rinse your drains after using a powerful cleaning chemical, it still leaves a residue within your pipes. Unfortunately, these chemicals can react with other cleaning agents you use and do even more damage to your plumbing. When chemicals react, they can get very very hot and cause your pipes to expand. A major problem with this is that you may not even know a bad reaction happens until you have a significant plumbing problem that needs to be fixed.
Chemical Drain Cleaner Alternatives
Fortunately, you have some safe alternatives. If you want to try to bust a drain clog on your own, you can get a snake tool at your local hardware store. If the clog is deep in your plumbing system and you cannot reach it, then you may need to give our team a call.
We can either use a longer snake tool or use a method called hydro jetting where we shoot a powerful stream of water through the pipes to the clog to break it down. One benefit of enlisting expert help is that you know the clog is taken care of right the first time. If you’re having problems with frequent or persistent clogs, our team can also help you come up with solutions to prevent them from happening again in the future