The Dangers of DIY Drain Cleaning: Sacramento Homeowner AdviceThe one thing in common everyone calling for advice on drain clearing in Sacramento seems to share is that he or she has at least dabbled with a do-it-yourself repair solution or two. I don’t know what it is about drain problems that inspire people to take things into their own hands, but these makeshift solutions often make problems worse, sometimes even creating new problems where there were none. Some common hazards of trying DIY drain clearing solutions are:
- Dangerous chemicals: This is the biggest one. Using the wrong chemicals to try to clean your drains can cause them to burn through your pipes, resulting in damage and leaks that only a professional will be able to repair. And, if you don’t have experience with chemicals, working with them can be dangerous, especially in a small enclosed space where you’re likely to inhale the fumes.
- Hard physical labor: Plumbing, even something as seemingly simple as drain clearing, is hard work. There are often pipes to be carried, walls or floors to be opened, and rusty pipe joints that need to be loosened. You may be in great shape, but even that won’t fully prepare you for some of the physicality of a DIY plumbing job, especially in an old Sacramento house where the walls are sturdier and pipes heavier—and suffering from more rust.
- The “unknown”: With most clogged drains, the obstruction is out of sight. Professional plumbers use video equipment to get a view of the inside of your pipes but, with DIY jobs, you’re just guessing. This can lead to purchasing costly tools and products that won’t actually help with your drain clearing in the end.
Drain Cleaning in Sacramento Homes: Safe DIY SolutionsHazards aside, I actually do recommend that you try a few safe DIY solutions before you call a plumber if you need a drain clearing in your Sacramento home. These solutions are simple, even if they’re only effective for the most minor of clogs. As I mentioned above, one of the things that can make drain clearing so frustrating, is that the source of an obstruction is usually unseen and unknown, but trying these quick techniques will let you know whether or not you’re dealing with a serious problem, or just something like a little extra hair in the drain.
- Boiling water: This is the first thing I tell any caller who needs a drain clearing, no matter how old their Sacramento house and pipes are: pour boiling water down the drain. If this doesn’t work, it may be a sign that you’ll eventually have to call in a pro.
- The drain snake: This small piece of equipment is inexpensively available at almost any hardware store. It’s low tech, basically a long metal rope with a spiral at the end. You just stick it deeply into the drain, then pull it out, being careful that sludge from the pipes doesn’t splatter.
- A plunger: A good old fashioned plunger, the type most households keep near their toilets, is also a viable option, even if a clog is in a shower or sink drain. However, as with the first two DIY solutions, if this doesn’t work right away, I’d suggest it’s time to call a professional plumber in.