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Sometimes DIY plumbing makes smart money sense, and other times it leads to you complicating an issue that is going to cost you even more money to repair. A slow or clogged drain is something that most people try for themselves first, but really is a problem that they should rely on the professionals. These are some of the ways that people make the situation much worse.
Problem #1 – Overdoing Water Pressure
Sometimes people think that they can force the clog out by applying water pressure. We have even heard of people using their pressure washer indoors! Even though gentle water pressure might remove a small clog, a substantial clog will not budge with some added water. In fact, it might even lead to serious issues, including a burst pipe. Do not use anything more aggressive than a kitchen sprayer when trying to clear out your clogs.
Problem #2 – Using Makeshift Or Improper Tools
There is a reason that plumbing professionals are…professional and it is not just their expertise – their tools are another major reason that they are able to work as well as they are. Homeowners try to improvise tools by grabbing a metal coat hanger, and often end up making the clog much worse. You might even damage your PVC pipes if you end up shoving metal into them with reckless abandon. You do not want to complicate your existing clog by adding more items to the mix. There is a reason that professionals have similar tools across the board.
Problem #3 – Using Professional Tools Yourself
What is even worse than using makeshift tools? Using professional tools without knowing how to use them. There is a reason that only experts use these professional tools. Just because you have the tools does not necessarily mean that you know how to use them. An auger or a snake that you use improperly can force the clog to go even deeper into the pipes, which might compact the clog, and could even make it impossible to remove the clog altogether. Ultimately, that would mean that you have to replace the pipes, all because you tried to save a few bucks.
Problem #4 – Too Many Chemicals
If you have a clogged drain, chances are that you will run to the local grocery store and try to conquer your clog with a bottle of drain-cleaning chemicals. Unfortunately, solid clogs do not respond well to chemical drain cleaners, and they might make the situation even worse. If you use harsh chemicals, they can eat away at your plumbing components. Also remember that these are caustic chemicals, meaning that they are harmful when inhaled and might burn your skin or eyes. Always use caution when using these chemicals.
Call The Professionals
Whether you have an overflow, floor drain back up, or sewer clog, it is a good idea to call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services for immediate assistance. They use advanced video diagnostics and trenchless repair to save time, money and spare your lawn from unnecessary damage.