When a drain becomes clogged, some homeowners turn to DIY methods to fix it. But with drains and sewers, even a simple clog can quickly be made worse if you’re not careful. Damaged pipes or costly repairs can all be avoided by hiring a pro and saving the DIY for later.
AA Johnny’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service Ltd. in Edmonton is a professional and skilled plumbing and drain cleaning company. They share some common drain and sewer cleaning mistakes that their pros can help avoid:
Worsening a clog
Trying to remove a clog, whether using a makeshift tool or a proper snake drain, can still worsen the problem. Instead of removing the clog, it often ends up being pushed deeper. Some clogs may need a little push to free them, but there’s no way to tell unless you have experience. Professionals will sometimes use a hydro jet to flush out clogs and debris. Attempting to DIY this with a garden hose is a quick way to burst those pipes. Both sinks and toilets do have special plungers that can help remove clogs. This method works, but only if you know how to use one properly. Too much pressure can damage the pipes and lead to leaks or costly repairs.
Using chemicals to clean
If a clog is really bad, chemicals may be used to help clear it away. That said, the wrong type of chemical can just as easily lead to severe damage. Certain chemicals will eat away at the pipes, damaging those instead of clearing any blocks. Other times, the chemicals clear only half of the clog but leave the rest behind. This partial block can cause pressure to build up inside the pipes and even risk them bursting. Relying on drain cleaners to remove smells, can also lead to worse problems. The issue may actually be from the sewer line and is a sign of something more serious that only a professional can fix.
Calcium buildup or limescale happens when the water has a higher concentration of minerals in it. If you notice white stains on your faucets, it’s a sign of limescale. Over time, this buildup can occur in the pipes and cause damage. Dismantling your pipes or using chemicals to dissolve the calcium buildup can affect the pipes’ integrity. Even reinstalling them afterward can lead to leaks if the pipes aren’t properly reattached. If limescale is a problem, install a water softener to help treat the water before it worsens. Otherwise, hire a professional to help or have them replace your pipes with copper or plastic. These materials are much more resistant and durable against damage and limescale.
Not maintaining or getting an inspection
Neglecting your drains and sewer lines is the biggest culprit and mistake against preventable leaks or damage. Basic home maintenance, such as regular cleaning or not pouring the wrong items down the drain, will help keep it clean and clog-free. Annual inspections and cleaning by a professional, though, are just as important to prevent clogs or catch problems early on. If your drains do have a clog, always leave it to the professionals to handle. They have the right experience and tools to handle clearing your drains safely. If there are sewer-like smells, it may mean a more serious sewer line problem and is also best left to a professional.
Drain and Sewer Cleaning in Edmonton
As a family-owned and operated business AA Johnny’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service Ltd. knows the importance of safe, clean pipes. With 35 years of experience, they guarantee their plumbers have the right experience and knowledge for any job. For drain cleaning, plumbing, repairs or replacements, AA Johnny’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning Service is the company to call.