Clogged drains create problems. Plus, unfortunately, many homeowners mistakenly believe that all-purpose liquid drain cleaners work like magic. However, these potions are extremely corrosive and acid-based drain cleaners harm all metal components of your plumbing system. And, these liquids even remove the finish on drains over time! As a result, learn about the drain cleaning services that actually work (and keep your plumbing system in good shape).
What are drain cleaning services?
Drain cleaning and drain clearing differ. In fact, actually cleaning a drain goes beyond simply clearing a drain. How?
Drain cleaning relies on high pressure water blasting machine that completely removes a blockage. Furthermore, for excessive clogs and blocks, professional grade drain cleaning services leverage video equipment, which identifies the core problem of the blockage.
Finally, true drain cleaning services eliminate the build up of certain (and repeated) substances that live in the common home plumbing system. For example, drain cleaning helps eliminate soap scum, mineral deposits and hair!
What is the difference between cleaning and clearing a drain?
Did you know there is a difference between cleaning and clearing a drain? Essentially, clearing a drain temporarily fixes a drainage issue. Clearing a clogged drain is a common DIY activity that simply allows the flow of water through a blockage.
For example, using a snake or plunger clear clogs in the drain or garbage disposal. Plus, common drain cleaners simply clear the drain (in addition to potentially damaging your pipes). To help, please find a few DIY tips for properly clearing a clog in the garbage disposal.
Garbage Disposal Clogs
First, when working with the garbage disposal (or any appliance plugged into an outlet), turn the unit off and unplug it from the electric source. Next, check to make sure there are no tripped breakers in the fuse box. Finally, attempt to clear the clog by turning the blades manually with an Allen wrench (there should be a hole at the bottom of the disposal).
Of note, this possibly requires many rotations to unjam. If you put your hand down and feel for large hard objects, this helps identify the object jamming the blades. However, proceed with caution as many times turning the blades manually helps dislodge items, which require hand removal.
If you unclog the disposal, then plug it back in and turn it on (it might need a minute to cool off – if so, press the reset button on the bottom and try again).
Try the Plunger
Conversely, if the manual process does not work, then pull out the plunger!
- To unclog the drain, attempt to remove the substance that is causing the backup using a plunger.
- In order to plunge correctly, partially fill the sink with water and work the plunger up/down to break up the clog.
- Remove waste as it comes into the sink and focus on the upstroke – catch the waste before it goes back down the drain.
Do not plunge the sink if you tried a commercial drain cleaner. Allow the drain cleaner to work through the sink because the chemicals are dangerous if they touch your skin while plunging the sink. In general using chemicals can do more harm than good on the drain pipes. We highly recommend not using drain cleaner!
Consider a Scientific Remedy
Finally, another unconventional option is baking soda and vinegar. Harness the explosive power of the two products to help unclog and clear your drain.
- Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.
- Add about ½ cup of baking soda (let this sit for a few minutes).
- Combine 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of boiling water and pour down the drain.
- Explosion. (The baking soda and vinegar do not mix well.) Cover the drain and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Flush the drain with another pot of boiling water.
If the clogged drain continues to persist, then consider calling a professional because you want to avoid larger issues.
How do drain cleaning services work?
Generally, removing unwanted clogs offers a temporary solution. For certain issues, this works great because the clog is a one-time thing. However, for other issues, like mineral deposits building in your pipes, drain cleaning offers a permanent solution. Additionally, maintaining the drains in your home provides an array of benefits, such as:
- Prevents corrosion in your pipes by removing mineral or chemical deposits.
- Removes possible odors derived from sewage.
- Reduces potentially hazardous blockages.
For example, sewage contamination presents a unique risk. Any potentially damage impacts your home’s structure, flooring, electrical components. Plus, sewage contamination provides a real health hazard.
Does A.Johnson offer drain cleaning services?
At A. Johnson, we offer a full range of commercial and residential plumbing services, which includes drain cleaning. Although it is nearly impossible to avoid 100% of clogged drains, performing an annual maintenance and inspection of your drains helps prevent plumbing emergencies. To help avoid clogged drains (and other preventable plumbing problems), learn about about our common plumbing services.
- Corroded pipes
- Clogged Drains
- Leaking lines
- Blocked lines
- Tree root infiltration
- Broken lines
- Cracked lines
- 24-7 Plumbing Services
There’s probably no more unwelcome or unpleasant home plumbing mishap than a clogged drain or blocked sewer. For example, damages due to a collapsed or root filled drain line cause significant damage (and expenses) to your home and personal belongings.
At A.Johnson, we remain committed to providing honest, professional and reliable service on every job. So don’t mess around with DIY plumbing techniques. Our professional, plumbing experts fix plumbing problems in the Capital District. If you have any drain issues or any other plumbing, heating or cooling problems, contact A.Johnson to help today.