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Call in a Plumber When You Have a Clogged Drain

plumbing-clogsClogged drains rank among the most common plumbing problems we encounter in the area: when food or other materials build up in the pipes and cause the water to back up. Homeowners tend to turn to do-it-yourself solutions, and in the most mild cases — those which can resolve with a plunger and a little elbow grease — that’s usually the best option.

If you’re looking to purchase a solution in the store however, you’d likely be better off calling in a professional plumber instead. There are a number of important reasons why, but it boils down to two: value for your money and insurance that the problem is taken care of.


The problem with store-bought solutions is that they’re intended to treat a wide variety of clogs the same way. Kitchen sinks, for example, usually get clogged with food — anything from potato peelings to rice and pasta — while kitchen sinks are often clogged with things like soap scum and toothpaste. That means they usually halfway deal with the problem, but often leave parts of the clog in place. Chemical cleansers and even drain snakes often need to be used multiple times as the clog re-forms and re-forms over and over again. Not only is that frustrating and wasteful, it can be very hard on the pipes, and may end up causing as many problems as it solves.

Professionals, on the other hand, are set up to treat the specific nature of the clog, which means it gets cleared up properly. That way, you won’t have to return to deal with the same clog a few weeks later: saving money by not having to apply the same half-solution over and over again.

Proper Equipment

In addition, plumbing experts have access to professional equipment that would be impractical to most laymen. An expensive piece of equipment like a mechanical snake with rotating heads or a hydro-jetting array wouldn’t be used more than a handful of timers at the most to the average home, which makes them very cost inefficient. But plumbers treat such problems regularly, making such equipment a necessary part of their operations. They also possess the proper training and experience to handle such equipment the right way. All of which translates to good value for your money and an assurance that the clog will be dealt with properly.


No one anticipates something going wrong with a simple drain cleaning operation, but stranger things have happened. If you’re doing the job yourself, you’ll be on the hook for any inadvertent damage that occurs. Trained plumbers on the hand, are licensed and insured, and most will provide up-front estimates before work begins. That way, you’re covered in case the unexpected arises, and you won’t need to pay any more than is necessary for a comparatively simple repair job.

If you have a clogged drain in your Redlands, CA home, don’t go to the store for a solution. Instead, call the trained plumbers at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc today

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