Do-it-yourself work can be appealing for many reasons. The money you may save, along with the sense of accomplishment you feel, offer a satisfaction that can leave you always searching for a DIY solution when something goes wrong in the home. For example, you may be able to clean out a drain on your own—but this isn’t always the best idea.
There are some ways to clean out a problem near the drain opening without damaging the drain.
- A mixture of baking soda and vinegar (not those harmful chemical drain cleaners)
- A plunger (usually your best bet)
- Some small drain augers
But most clogs that actually sit further along in the drain and sewer line will require the help of professionals. Only professionals have the tools to get some of the things that cling to sewer lines, or those that make their way into the drains unexpectedly or by accident. Want some examples?
This one likely isn’t surprising to parents. Children are explorers, and so are their dolls and action figures. Still, it’s worth mentioning that this is a common reason for toilet blockage and major drain clogs. Be sure to talk to your kids as early as possible about the importance of flushing only flushable items down the toilet, and nothing else!
Baby Wipes and “Flushable” Items
Speaking of things that shouldn’t be flushed down the drain: many of those toiletries marked as “flushable” really are not. Baby wipes are known to plague sewer systems, with major cities often practically begging people not to flush these in public or private restrooms. Paper towels and feminine products cause problems as well. The only toiletry you should be flushing is toilet paper!
Hopefully, you know to call in a plumber the moment you lose something valuable down the sink or drain. Attempting to retrieve a wedding ring on your own may only end in heartbreak. But thankfully, your local plumber is trained to properly dissect the drains as need be and get that valuable back where it belongs. Just don’t use the drain while you wait!
Rags, Tools, and Other Materials
Hiring a cheap contractor for a remodel may seem like a good idea when you’re low on cash, but plumbers see firsthand how these contractors skimp and save by putting little effort into completing the work. That shoddy workmanship can result in rages or tools being left behind in pipes. Yikes! You’ll have to pay more to have a qualified plumber correct the work.
Fats, Grease, and Oil
Now for the most common thing found plaguing drain and sewer lines throughout the country: greasy residue. Seemingly harmless bacon grease, leftover cooking oil, and other fatty liquids get dumped in the drain without thought. But with time, these solidify and stick to the lining of the pipes.
That’s why it’s so important to avoid pouring these down the drains: preserve a jar or can to dump these into instead! And when you do have grease clogging your pipes, call in professional plumbers who use high-pressure hydro jetting to get it out for good.
For quality drain cleaning in Minneapolis, MN, reach out to VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.