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DIY Drain Cleaning – What Works?

May 27, 2024 4:05 am

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May 27, 2024 4:05 am


There’s nothing more frustrating than something not working when you need it. When your drain is clogged, your sink is building up water, and there is just a smell that won’t go away – do you know how to handle it? You probably have the temptation to reach for a bottle of standard chemical drain cleaner, but is that the best route? In this blog, we’ll discuss why you want your drain to be cleaned and the myths surrounding drain cleanings.

Why Would A Drain Need To Be Cleaned?

Some of the many benefits of having your drain cleaned are:


  • Prolonging the lifespan of your drain

  • Reducing odors

  • Reducing blocks/clogs

  • Keeping expenses down on repairs

The Myths of Drain Cleaning

  • Chemical drain cleaners are the best option. Chemical drain cleaners might seem like an easy option to use when you’re in a pinch, but they tend to do more harm than good. They can cause damage to your pipes, causing plastic pipes to melt and metal pipes to warp. On top of that, they are not an environmentally friendly option and can release harsh fumes into your home.


  • All drains are the same. No two drains are the same, meaning when you buy a quick DIY fix for your drain, it might not work. It’s hard to know exactly what will fix your drain problem if you look at it with untrained eyes.


  • Slow-flowing drains aren’t a big deal. A slow-flowing or draining sink is indeed a big problem. If left untreated, it will only build up and become worse.


  • Snaking clears every clog. Snaking is only a good option if the clog in your drain is small; this can be hard to determine if you’re not a professional plumber. Snakes tend to break through some clogs but not remove them completely, meaning they can continue to build up without you knowing.


  • Most drain cleanings can be a DIY fix. It may seem like an easy fix to use a chemical drain cleaner, rent a drain cleaning machine from your local hardware store, or use any form of a simple DIY fix, but this may lead to more problems. Most DIY methods don’t get to the root of clogged drains or help fix deep clogs. It’s always a good idea to refer to a professional plumber instead of tackling the issue on your own.


For all of your plumbing needs and questions contact Bailey Plumbing Inc. at (408) 752-5195! Where service always comes first!