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Don’t Rely on Store-Bought Solutions for Clogged Drains

clogged-drain-repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later you’re going to need to deal with a clogged tub or a stopped-up sink. The standard tactic for most households is to simply purchase a solution at the store: a cleanser, for instance, or perhaps a mechanical snake. Both are available at any supermarket or home improvement center, and both will usually resolve the problem, at least in the short term. That last part can be problematic, however, and a big part of why store-bought solutions for clogs really aren’t solutions at all.

Why Not Use Them?

The problem with cleansers and other over-the-counter solutions is that they’re intended to treat any kind of clog no matter what it might be. This one-size-fits-all approach means that the cleanser or similar solution will often only partially solve the problem. In most cases, an opening will be made in the clog that allows drain water to pass through, but elements of the clog remain on the sides of the pipe. That means the clog can easily re-form, forcing you to apply the same solution over and over again.

Not only can that get expensive, but the corrosive nature of most cleansers can damage the pipe if it is applied to the same section multiple times.

Why Are Professionals Different?

Professional plumbers have access to specialized equipment, which are often prohibitively expensive for laymen to purchase, but which see regular use in the hands of a full-time service. They include things like hydro jetting hoses and motorized snakes with rotating heads: requiring formal training to properly use.

Such measures correct the problem the first time, and do so without leaving any residue behind. That means you won’t have to return to the issue multiple times. Your pipes will undergo less stress too, and with devices like hydro jetting, other clogs building up elsewhere in the pipe get taken care of at the same time. That provides good value for the money, as well as cutting down on the hassle of returning to the same problem multiple times.

Prevention Helps Too

If you’re looking to help your own cause on this front, it helps to adopt preventative measures designed to stop the clog before it starts. The best way to do this is to simply be careful what you throw down the drain. If you know what might cause a clog, then such material can be deposited in the trash instead. Materials to beware of can include the following:

  • Fats, oils and grease, or FOG, which can solidify in the pipes.
  • Coffee grounds, which can expand when they get wet.
  • Fibrous vegetables, such as potato peelings and carrot peelings.
  • Pasta and rice, which can expand when wet like coffee grounds.
  • Seeds and bones, which your garbage disposal can’t break up and which can cause mechanical damage as well as clogs.

If you encounter a clog in the drains of your Fontana, CA home, call the pros at Avis Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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