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Why Store Bought Drain Cleaners Are Not a Good Idea

When you have a drain in your home clog up, you might be tempted to just go to the store and pick up an off-the-shelf drain cleaner to take care of it. This is a mistake. Store bought drain cleaners actually leave your drains quite a bit worse off in the long run, even if they solve the immediate problem. Let’s take a look at why professional drain cleaning services are a much better option.

The Problem with Store Bought Cleaners

The reason that store bought drain cleaners are so effective at cleaning out clogs is that the vast majority of them are highly corrosive. This eats through the clog well enough—but it also damages the pipes. If you use store bought cleaners over a period of years to treat drain clogs, you will end up severely degrading your pipes to the point that they need to be replaced. Store bought drain cleaners also don’t completely get rid of the waste buildup on the walls of the pipe. This makes it easier for clogs to form in the future.

Professional Drain Cleaning

Professional plumbers are well aware of how damaging store bought drain cleaners can be, which is why they don’t use them. Instead, they use a couple of different procedure to get rid of clogs. Drain snaking is a procedure that involves using an auger on a long cable to drill through the clog. This is the most common method of drain cleaning. Hydro-jetting is also used, which basically involves firing a high pressure stream of water through the pipe to blast all of the waste out of it. These procedures clear up the clog without damaging the pipes.

The Sunny Plumber offers a full range of professional drain cleaning services throughout Phoenix, AZ. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional plumbers. 

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