Clogs are one of the most common issues affecting your household plumbing. You can keep them at bay by watching what you throw down the drain, and refraining from doing so with problematic materials like hot grease or potato peelings. But sooner or later, every drain will develop a clog.
When it does, it can be easy to look for the simple solution and buy a chemical cleanser at the local store (or perhaps a pipe snake at the nearby hardware store). In most cases, however, that can be a terrible mistake.
Why Not Just Buy a Cleanser?
The problem with store-bought solutions is that they take a one-size-fits-all approach to the problem. That means they will do enough to open up the flow of water, but won’t truly clean the clog. Accordingly, it will re-form in a few weeks or months, forcing you to apply the same solution again and again in an effort to deal with the same basic problem.
Not only is that a waste of resources and time, but it can damage the pipe. Applying harsh chemicals or a scratching snake to the same spot on the pipe over and over can be extremely detrimental.
On the other hand, a professional plumber can use video pipe inspection and other methods to determine the exact cause and position of the clog. They can then use a professional tool designed to treat that specific clog: ensuring that the entire clog is safely removed. Not only does that solve the immediate problem, but it ensures that the clog won’t return a few weeks or months down the line. And your pipes will be better protected too: lowering the chances of a more serious breach or leak.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Store-bought solutions adopt a one-size fits all approach to the problem, which means they can treat almost any type of clog equally. Unfortunately, “equally” doesn’t mean “efficiently.” Over-the-counter cleansers will usually be enough to restore the flow of water, but leaves pieces of the clog intact. That means it will re-form very quickly, forcing you to apply the same solution over and over again.
Furthermore, applying the same solution to the same length of pipe over and over again in order to treat the same clog can be very hard on the pipe, and even result in corrosion and leaks.
Professional Equipment Does the Job
Contrast that with a professional service called in to unclog a drain. They can use specialized equipment such as hydro jetting hoses and mechanical snakes with rotating heads to deal with the specific nature of the clog. They also ensure that the entire clog is cleared away, which prevents it from reforming. In many cases, professional measures can clear out clogs that may be forming elsewhere in the pipe as well, providing you with excellent value for your money.
For quality plumbing services throughout the Arlington, TX area, call upon the friendly pros at Frymire Services today!