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Can Your Drains Benefit from Store-Bought Cleansers?

water running down a drainThe short answer to this is “no.” Let’s not leave it at that though. We understand you may be wondering why, if store-bought drain cleansers are so bad, are they so widely popular and sold in stores throughout the country? It’s not that they don’t have a purpose to serve, but the problem is essentially that these chemical solutions only provide a temporary solution and don’t get to the root of the problem.

Have a look at some of the reasons why you need professional Waterloo, IA drain cleaning services, rather than trying to deal with it on your own with caustic chemical drain cleaners.  

Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Have Side Effects

The reason why store-bought drain cleaners are able to seemingly clean out clogs so thoroughly is because the large majority of them use corrosive chemicals to do the job. These chemicals certainly do eat through whatever is clogging your pipes, sure. However, they will not stop there.

Prolonged use of these types of drain cleaners actually will degrade the pipes over time, to the point where it will eventually need to be replaced, and almost always years earlier than it otherwise would have needed to be.

Additionally, the chemicals commonly found in those drain cleaners aren’t good for you. It’s actually pretty easy to injure yourself by accidental exposure to them if you aren’t very careful. Lastly, as we mentioned above, they only provide a temporary solution. Sure, they eat through the clog, but the remnants of the clog are still there, just waiting to build back up in a few short months!

The Professional Drain Cleaning Advantage

Professional plumbers, such as the members of our staff, are very aware that store-bought drain cleaners do more harm than good to your plumbing system. This is why we do not use corrosive chemicals in our drain cleaning services. Rather, we make use of a variety of other effecting methods. For instance, we may use drain snaking—inserting an auger on a long cord to drill through any clogs in the pipe. This is the oldest, and often simplest, way to remove drain clogs.

Sometimes, you may need something a little more—and that’s where hydro jetting comes in. This service involves using a thin hose with an omnidirectional sprayer head attached to it. This hose sprays a high-pressure stream of water into the pipe, hitting all areas of the pipe walls and blasting any waste buildup out of your plumbing system. This method has become increasingly popular throughout the years, as it both removes the current clog and makes it more difficult for future clogs to form.

When it comes to drain cleaning, it’s important to realize that a professional can clean your drains out more effectively—faster and more thoroughly—that you can on your own. While this may cost you more upfront, you’ll be saving yourself potentially expensive plumbing repair bills in the future and giving yourself a peace of mind that your drains and pipes are in the best condition they can be.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise!

To set up an appointment, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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