There are a lot of drains in your home, and when even one gets clogged, it can be annoying for everyone. If you have a clogged drain in your home, you may be considering handling it yourself. Since there are so many over-the-counter products, you don't need to consider professional cleanings, right? Wrong. Professional cleanings are important, but if you still aren't sure, check out these three common misconceptions regarding professional drain cleaning.
Misconceptions #1: It's Expensive
You may think that getting professional drain cleaning is expensive, and it does cost more than buying something from your local grocery store. A basic drain cleaning, however, only costs between $109 and $214. Also, consider how often the drain becomes clogged. If you notice that you are cleaning the drain on your own every month or so, that's not normal. It's likely that your DIY solutions are only fixing the problem a little. A more serious clog can be more expensive, but it still may be cheaper overall to get the clog fixed once and for all with a professional cleaning or plumbing replacement.
Misconceptions #2: Store Products Are Good Enough
The store products are great if you suddenly have a clog because someone poured something down the sink they should not have. They are also great at getting rid of the occasional hair clog in the shower. However, they should not be used frequently because they can cause damage to your pipes. Not only are the chemicals in these solutions damaging to your pipes, they are also dangerous to you. A professional plumber is equipped with the right tools to completely clean out the drain. That way, you don't have to worry about a clog for a long time.
Misconceptions #3: It's Not Part of Maintenance
Many people think they may only need drain cleaning if there is a clog, but that isn't always true. Even if you don't have any clogs, you should still have routine drain cleanings. This ensures your pipes do stay clean, so you don't have to worry about clogs, slow drains or smelly odors coming from dirty drains. Last, ensuring you have regular cleanings lets the plumber look for any signs of weakness or potential damage, so they can be repaired before they become expensive emergencies.
While there's nothing wrong with treating a minor clog here and there with liquid solution, it isn't a long-term fix. If you haven't had your drains cleaned in a long time, or if you've noticed clogs/slow draining, you should contact a plumber in your area today.