Taking care of your drains is one of the best ways to ensure that your plumbing system works fine. Most home plumbing clogs occur because of the drain. However, do you know what’s worse than draining cleaning? It’s damaging your drains and making the situation worse.
Here are 5 mistakes everyone makes when drain cleaning.
Hose Pipe Water
Using high water pressure from a hose pipe looks like an easy choice since you it is quite accessible. However, high water pressure may not do the trick as the water will slam into your pipe rather into the clog, and the clog is further inside your plumbing system.
Using a Coat Hanger
Do not, do not use a coat hanger to unclog a drain blockage. While you may think, “not me”, this has happened with home owners a couple of times. Coat hangers are easily accessible to people at home. With a bit of twisting and turning, it can be made into a thin, straight rod that can be shoved down the drain.
However, not only is using a coat hanger ineffective in a removing a blockage, it will destroy your piping.
Pouring Drain Cleaners
Drain cleaners are advertised as being able to get rid of clogs. The question is how? Drain cleaners are acidic in nature and eat into the clog. However, drain cleaners also eat into your pipe, damaging it and eventually causing leaks. The more drain cleaner liquid you pour, the worse it gets.
Applying a Drain Auger
A drain auger is an effective device that snakes down your drain, into the plumbing system and forcefully dislodges the material that is blocking the pipe. However, when they are in the hands of an untrained person, a drain auger can do some serious damage to the plumbing system. It could result in the need to replace the pipe.
Not using a Drain Filter
A drain filter is the easiest and the simplest way to prevent your drain from getting clogged. It will block hair, soap matter and other particles that could cause the blockage. All your drains should be fitted with drain filters.
What you need to do when you discover a drain blockage is to pour warm water down the drain. If this fails to remove the blockage, you should get in touch with a local plumber to solve the problem. Trying things on your own will lead to more problems and more costs in your plumbing system.