Drain Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

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If you have a slowed drain, then it may be best to skip the drain cleaning chemicals. After all, these fluids can actually cause significant damage to your pipes and leaks. It is wise to seek out professional assistance or make your own drain cleaning solution instead. There are a few mistakes that you want to avoid when making up a DIY cleaner. Keep reading to learn about a few.

Using A Water Sprayer

It makes sense that a strong spray of water will release debris from a drain. After all, pressure washers use water. This is why you may try to use a water hose to dislodge the clog. However, this is very likely to backfire and leave you soaking wet instead. Basically, the water is going to take the path of least resistance, and this means shooting back up to the drain opening. 

You can use water to force a clog down the drain and to clear some debris from the sides of the pipes as well. However, you should use a special tool for this called a drain cleaning bladder or a water blaster. These tools feature a thick rubber tube. You connect a water hose to this tube and stick the tube down the drain. When you turn your hose on, the bladder fill with water, and when the pressure builds significantly inside the device, it releases the fluid out an opening on the bottom of the bladder. 

Since the bladder expands as it fills with water, the fluid cannot flow back up through the drain. It has no choice but to force the clog out of the plumbing system.

Using A Coat Hanger

If you know how a drain snake works, then you may take matters into your own hands and use a bent hanger to clear clogs instead. However, this is not something you should do. Most clogs are far enough down the drain that a tool like a bent hanger or wire is unlikely to reach it. Usually, the clog is inside the S-trap or just outside of it. Obviously, a hanger cannot make its way around the bend. As you try to maneuver the hanger, you may scrape the drainage pipes instead.

If you want to use a tool to physically pull the clog out of the drain, then use a snake device. There are many augers available for home use. The devices are relatively short though, so if you are unable to reach the clog, contact a professional plumber. Professionals have augers that are several times longer than those sold to consumers.

Contact a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for more information.

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