Plumbing advice and facts can be found all over the Internet. They can make plumbing projects sound like a breeze and you might be tempted to head out to the store to buy the supplies right away. But before you do, consider these 6 myths about drain cleaning to ensure you aren’t acting on false information.
- Myth: Chemical drain cleaning products are better than a professional drain cleaning.
Chemical drain cleaning products should not be used in lieu of for a professional drain cleaning. Using these products typically leads the consumer to call a professional in the end anyways.
Using a machine to unclog a drain is a better solution. Not only do you avoid dumping potentially toxic chemicals into the water system, but you’ll also avoid corrosion in your pipes.
- Myth: Regular sewer back-ups means it needs to be replaced.
It’s fairly common for homeowners to experience sewer back-ups. There are many factors that can contribute to sewer back-ups:
- the amount of trees in your yard
- using products that don’t easily move through the sewer line
- low flush toilets may not have enough forse to push things all the way through
Instead of feeling the need to replace your sewer line, consider an annual sewer line cleaning to reduce sewer back-ups.
- Myth: Anything that goes down the drain will be disposed of by the garbage disposal.
Do yourself a favor, and read any instructions that came along with the installation of your garbage disposal. Chances are, if you try to dispose of something that your disposal system can’t handle, you’ll be calling a plumber to come clean your drains.
- Myth: Any liquid can be poured down the drain.
Substances like grease or fats should most definitely not be poured down the drain, due to the fact that they do not stay in liquid form. So always be mindful of what you’re pouring down the drain to reduce having to make repairs later on.
- Myth: All plumbing services do drain cleaning.
Drain cleaning is a specialized service that not all plumbers choose to focus on. So while some plumbers can install a water heater or hook up a faucet you your kitchen sink plumbing, they might not be able to provide a drain cleaning service. Make sure you ask if the plumbing service you’re considering has someone who specializes in drain cleaning.
- Myth: It’s less expensive to do plumbing repairs yourself
Many people who start out trying to do their own plumbing work find themselves calling a professional plumbing service later on. They often need help with not only the original problem, but also any other problems that may have been caused in the attempt to fix the original problem.
In the end, they end up spending more than they would have if they had just called a professional plumber in the first place.
Now that you know what’s fact and what’s not, you should be able to better identify if you can handle your plumbing project by yourself or if you should call a professional plumber to take care of it for you.