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4 Misconceptions About Drain Cleaning

A homes plumbing system is one of the most integral systems in the home. Nobody really gives their plumbing system much thought when everything is in proper working order, then one day a clogged drain can go and ruin it all! The truth is a clogged drain can cause a lot more damage down the road and lead to even bigger problems. Here are 4 misconceptions about drain cleaning.

  1. Anything Can Go in The Garbage Disposal

    One of the most common issues when it comes to drain cleaning is that people often treat their garbage disposal as a garbage can. This can cause a lot of damage to a homes plumbing system causing serious clogs, damage to pipes, and a back-flow problem. To prevent issues with drain cleaning avoid putting trash, bones, Reese, and large foot particles down the garbage disposal.

  2. Anything Liquid is Safe to Pour Down The Drain

    A frequent misconception about drain cleaning is that any liquid can be poured down the drain. This simply isn’t true. Avoid pouring grease down the drain as this can cause major clogs as it solidifies and collects debris. Harsh chemicals should also be avoided as they are not good for the environment and can actually cause damage or corrosion to your pipes, leading to more expensive repairs in the long run. Remember whatever goes down the drain or toilet could eventually end up in the ocean. Let's keep our oceans clean and beautiful and avoid any drain cleaning nightmares!

  3. Drain Cleaning is a DIY Project

    The notion that you can DIY your drain cleaning can often end up causing you more grief in the end. While some are definitely handy enough to handle the task themselves it isn’t for everyone, and unless you have a general understanding of how your plumbing system works you shouldn’t attempt drain cleaning yourself. If you don’t know what you are doing you could end up causing more damage, or doing what we call the band-aid effect; fixing the problem on the surface without getting to the root of the problem (pun intended).

  4. Liquid Drain Cleaner

    The use of liquid drain cleaner can actually damage your plumbing system. Most liquid drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can eat away at pipes and cause damage to the environment. Furthermore, liquid drain cleaner only solves part of the problem. To really get results with your drain cleaning call a professional plumber to do some diagnostic work and fix what is causing the clogged drain. There could be buildup, an obstruction, or root damage causing a problem that liquid drain cleaner simply won’t cure. Save money and stress by getting it fixed right the first time.

It may not always be convenient to hire a professional plumber for your drain cleaning, but in the long run could actually save you money, time and stress. At Courtesy Plumbing we want to save you time and money! Let one of our professional technicians help you with your drain cleaning today!