water going down a kitchen sink drain

 
Few things are more disgusting than having to unclog a bathroom drain full of hair. Clogs are a normal part of indoor plumbing, but can grow to be a dreadful hassle. Most people attempt to solve this problem with liquid drain cleaners, but few know the risks. 

 

What's the catch?

1. Pollutants:

Drain cleaners are a popular choice because of their convenience—anybody can use them. But many of these cleaners contain harmful pollutants and chemicals. After long uses, liquid cleaners begin to build residue, increasing the chance of harmful chemicals entering your home.

2. Non-Specific:

Drain cleaners are designed to target a wide variety of possible clogs. While these cleaners are often successful in breaking down the gunk in your sink, it will not be able to resolve issues with the drain. A qualified plumber will be able to identify these problems.

3. Effectiveness:

Drain cleaners are a quick fix, but they do not do the same cleaning job that rods and brushes do. An experienced plumber will have a complete solution to drain your clogs safely and effectively.

4. Re-occurance:

When pipes are not properly cleaned, blockage is likely to return. Over time, these re-occurring clogs can cost consumers hundreds of dollars. Liquid drain cleaners produce satisfactory but temporary results.

 

Why does my drain clog?

Clogs are often caused by an excess of everyday items such as toilet paper, food, hair, cooking grease, and feminine hygiene products. The moist interior of the pipes can cause the material to stick, accumulating over time. The best way to solve these clogs is to prevent them.

 

What can I do to prevent clogs?

Purchase fine filters for showers and sinks that limit the amount of hair and food entering the drain. Clean the filters regularly and avoid putting large items down your pipes. Feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and food from last night’s dinner should not be traveling down the drain.

 

How can a professional help?

Professional help may be needed for the impossible block in your pipe, or that annoying clog that never seems to go away. Many plumbers use a technique known as hydro-jetting to clean out the inside of pipes in a safe and efficient manner. A hydrojet uses up to 4,000 psi of water pressure to blast whatever is blocking the drain. Plumbers may also choose to brush the inside of the pipe to clean any excess build-up and prevent future blockage.

A plumber may also take the time to inspect the drain and identify if there are other problems contributing to the clog. An experienced plumber can offer peace of mind by knowing exactly what is going on inside your plumbing system.

If you have clogged drains in your home or business that you just can’t seem to loosen up, call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air. We will send out a licensed technician to help break through those stubborn clogs and get your drains working properly again.