When a drain becomes clogged in the plumbing of your home, the first instinct is to apply a chemical drain cleaner to it: purchased at the local supermarket. Stubborn clogs may elicit the purchase of a plumbing snake as well: a long flexible length of wire with a head on the end designed to break up blockages in your pipes.
In both cases, these are usually wastes of money. Properly trained plumbing services have access to a wide array of tools that make dealing with clogs much easier.
Why Store-Bought Solutions Don’t Work
A store-bought solution is designed to be inexpensive and treat a wide variety of possible clogs. Unfortunately, that usually results in a halfway solution that only partially works at best. The flow of water can be restored, but in many cases, chunks of the clog remain in place, which means they’ll re-form very quickly.
That means you’ll be using the same solution over and over again to deal with the same clog. Damage to the pipe is not unheard of in such cases, as the same harsh chemical is applied to the same location and frequent use of a snake can scratch the metal of the pipe over time. On top of all of that, chemical cleaners are often hard on the environment and can get flushed down the pipes to our municipal sewer system.
Professionals Bring Professional Tools to the Problem
Professional plumbers, on the other hand, can bring more specialized tools to a stubborn clog. Such tools are usually prohibitively expensive for most homeowners, who won’t have need of them more than a handful of times at the most. For plumbers, on the other hand, such tools are used on an almost weekly basis, and because they use them so often, professional plumbers have the skills and experience to use them the right way.
Take, for example, the use of hydro jetting. This is essentially a very powerful hose that fires pulsing bursts of water down the pipe to break up the clog. The bursts are very powerful and can be dangerous if used incorrectly, but an experienced plumber can use them with absolute safety.
Not only does it clear out the entire clog – pounding on it gradually until the whole thing is washed away – but it does so in an environmentally friendly manner as well. It uses only water, after all, which is harmless on your pipes as well as Mother Nature, and the process scours the entire pipe clean instead of just the spot with the clog. That allows the plumber to take care of the clog more quickly, more thoroughly and with a great deal of residual benefits. Best of all, you won’t have to apply the same half-solution to the same clog a few weeks or months down the line!
If you need proper drain cleaning services in your Riverside, CA home, pick up the phone and call the friendly professionals at Avis Plumbing-Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to make an appointment!