Having a slow or clogged drain may have you wondering whether to head to the store for a bottle of one of those “over-the-counter” drain cleaning products or if you should call in a professional drain cleaning company.
In order to make this decision, there are some things you should know about how to properly asses a clogged drain in your home or business.
Drain Cleaning- What You Should Know
Do – Both caustic and oxidizing drain cleaners are available in many stores, and the labels on these products will tell you what type of clog it can help with. Bottled drain cleaners can often work on a minor clog or a slow drain, depending on what is causing the problem.
Don’t – You cannot purchase acid-based drain cleaner as a regular consumer, so if you have the type of clog that needs this type of drain cleaner, you are going to have to call a professional. Bottled drain cleaners that you can purchase often do not work on toilet drains or with completely blocked drains, and if your issue is something serious such as a broken pipe or tree roots in your drains, these products will not work.
Potential Dangers – There is a reason why there are safety instructions on these products. They can be very dangerous! Be sure to use them with appropriate caution and store any remaining product safely. Also keep in mind that these chemicals can damage PVC pipes, and if you already have some corroded pipes, the drain cleaner can create more damage, resulting in a higher repair bill.
How to Prevent Clogged Drain Issues- Overview
Waiting until you have a clogged drain to call a professional is like calling your auto mechanic fifty miles after you found a huge oil slick under your car. Some things are just better to take care of before they become an emergency and perhaps a bigger headache. There are a number of reasons why you should invest in regular drain cleaning to prevent costly issues.
Avoid Clogged Drains- Here's Why!
Prevention – There is no reason to deal with slow drains when they can be remedied easily and save you from dirty sinks and the resulting bacteria. Routine drain cleaning will take care of those slow drains and avoid them from becoming the inevitable clogged drains.
Odors – Many of the things that build up over time on your pipes have an odor. You may be used to the smell but your visitors probably notice it. A proper cleaning by a professional will remove all that smelly buildup.
Disaster Prevention – The costs involved with the disaster that comes with a clogged drain can be quite extensive. Consider an overflow, for example, that can cause significant water damage. When that clogged drain is a sewer line, the result is even more repugnant.
Pipe Health – Replacing pipes in any structure can be challenging and costly, but that is especially true in buildings in Orlando, FL where most piping is underground and under your structure’s foundation. Keeping your pipes healthy with regular maintenance can save you time and money. If your property is your business, you will also face lost revenues while your building is being re-piped.
While bottled drain cleaners can serve a purpose, if you don’t want to take a risk using them or haven’t had any luck using them, give us a call at Cloud 9 Services LLC
We service the Central Florida area and we’re experts in underground utilities, so we can handle even the largest lift station and community drain issues.
We’re available 24 hours a day to handle your emergency drain cleaner services, or you can call us, 407-481-2750, to arrange a preventative drain cleaning maintenance schedule.