Unclogging a drain is a job everyone has to do sooner or later. Dirt and debris can get caught in the drain, resulting to a slow draining kitchen sink or wash bin.
Clearing simple clogs is actually not that difficult. Because of that, some people choose to go the DIY route to avoid calling a plumber. However, if you’re not sure of what you’re doing, it is easy to make the problem worse.
Here are some of the most common mistakes homeowners make when dealing with a clogged drain.
Using the garden hose
People tend to believe that the added pressure will unclog drains and flush out pipes but this technique simply doesn’t work. Plus, it may put your pipes at a higher risk of damage.
Using too much chemical drain cleaner
With all the products available in the market, a lot of homeowners choose not to call a plumber in an attempt to save money. Chemical drain cleaners are effective in clearing drains, especially if used correctly. However, the excessive use of drain cleaners is one of the biggest mistakes homeowners make.
If you think the drain cleaner didn’t do its job of unclogging the drain, do not attempt to pour more. Using too much chemical drain cleaner may aggravate the problem as it may cause your pipes to corrode.
Not hiring a professional plumber
Though most of you may think that you are capable of repairing your plumbing system, it is highly advised not to disassemble the piping unless have prior plumbing experience. Without the knowledge and experience, a small drain clog could easily turn into a bigger problem; thus, causing you to spend more on repair.
You may think that tackling the problem on your own can help you save money, but hiring a professional can give you the assurance that the problem will be resolved without the risk of error due to lack of experience.