Trying to clear a drain yourself can save you some money. However, if you make any of the following common plumbing repair mistakes when drain clearing, you could cost yourself even more in future repairs. Avoid these errors or trust a plumber to take care of the job for you.
Not Knowing How to Use a Plunger
First, you need to know how to use a plunger. This tool will become your first line of defense against the sink, tub, or toilet clogs. Advanced DIYers should also learn how to remove the p-trap under the sink and how to use a pipe snake.
Even with these techniques, you may still not clear a clog. If your drain still will not clear after using these measures, phone for a plumber.
Using a Chemical Drain Cleaner
Using chemical drain cleaners is one of the worst plumbing repair mistakes that you can make. If you have to open the p-trap or have a plumber service the drain later, the residual cleaner can cause severe burns to your skin and eyes.
Skip the expensive drain cleaners that only work to pour caustic chemicals into your plumbing system. Call for professional help instead for drain clearing.
Not Knowing Where Your Home’s Cleanout Drain Is
When you have a plumber come to your home, if you have a whole-home drainage backup, they may ask where the cleanout drain is. Knowing where this access point is in your home’s backyard can save a lot of time when the plumber clears the drain. The plumber may need to use high-pressure jetting at the cleanout or at another drain in your home to remove the clog naturally with water.
Get Help with Drain Clearing from Best Service Plumber
If you have a clogged drain that a plunger won’t fix, contact us at Best Service Plumber at any time of the day or night. For emergencies, we dispatch plumbers 24/7. However, if your situation is not urgent, we’ll send someone to you as soon as possible.
We want to help you to avoid common plumbing repair mistakes by taking over those fix-it chores. Phone us at 951-356-9631 or send us a message through our website. Let us help you get the repairs you need without the hassle of DIY.