The Problem with Drain Cleaning Chemicals and When to Call a Professional

Clogged drains are some of the most frustrating issues that a homeowner can come across. Suddenly, using your sink or tub becomes a chore, as you have to wait for a long time for water to drain in order to take care of the basic tasks you need to do to get through the day. Many homeowners seek a quick fix for this issue and end up purchasing drain cleaning liquids at their local grocery or hardware stores.

At Advanced Home Services, we want to warn you that using these drain cleaning chemicals is not the best solution. Here are just a few reasons we caution strongly against them.

  • These chemicals are toxic. The chemicals used in drain cleaners can injure your skin or irritate eyes.
  • They damage the lining of the pipes. These chemicals are also highly acidic, and they can damage the lining of the pipes, which could even make it more likely for clogs to return.
  • Drain cleaning chemicals are not very effective. Drain cleaning chemicals dissolve obstructions, but most of these can only handle a few common sources of clogs (hair, for example, but not all foods), and only those close to the drain opening.

Professional Drain Cleaning Is Often the Way to Go

One of the most effective immediate solutions for a drain clog is something you probably already have in your bathroom: a plunger. But if a plunger doesn’t do the trick, the next best step is to call a plumber. This is particularly true if the clog affects multiple drains in your home.

Often, the blockage is just too far down in the drains to reach it with a regular tool you can find in your home. Plumbers have high quality tools that can unclog a drain and will not also damage the pipes or affect your health and safety. They will thoroughly inspect the pipes before using special equipment like hydro jets to clear the drains of blockage and help prevent clogs from forming in the foreseeable future.

Call the experts at Advanced Home Services today for comprehensive drain cleaning service with hydro jetting in the Pocatello, ID area.