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How to Not Clean Your Drains


If you’re like most homeowners, we can probably guess what you do when you encounter a clogged drain in your home—reach for that bottle of store-bought drain cleaner under your sink, right?

Well, unfortunately, this is exactly how not to clean your drains. In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do for the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may solve the problem temporarily, but it will actually magnify the problems that you’ll face later that lead to repiping and other costly plumbing repairs.

Reach on to learn more, and when you’re ready, give us a call for professional drain cleaning!

The Problem with Store-Bought Solutions

Have you ever actually taken a close look at the bottle of drain cleaner you get from the store? See all the warning labels plastered all over it? These are in place for a reason! Most of these products contain some nasty ingredients. The highly caustic chemicals that these drain cleaners are made of will eat through whatever is clogging your drain, and keep going.

What we mean is that once it eats through the clog, it will coat the inside of your drain pipe and start to degrade it. Years of using these harmful drain cleaners will cause leaks to form more often, and will eventually force you to replace your pipes much earlier than you would have had to otherwise. Trust us when we say that the cost of needing to replace pipes throughout your plumbing system is not worth the benefit of having your drain cleaner within easy reach.

The Power of Professional Drain Cleaning

What’s the real solution to your drain clogging problem? Professional drain cleaning, of course! Professional plumbers understand that the average store-bought drain cleaner does much more harm than good. This is why we don’t use these solutions. Professional drain cleaning involves the use of equipment that’s safe for you and your plumbing.

For instance, drain snaking is one of the oldest and most popular methods for cleaning out stubborn drain clogs. A long cord with an auger on the end of it is lowered into the pipe until it comes into contact with the clog. Then, the auger drills through the clog or latches onto it, and pulls it out to free up the pipe. This is a fast, easy solution that won’t have any lasting negative impact.

Another popular method of professional drain cleaning is hydro-jetting, which is when we fire a high-pressure stream of water down your pipes to blast away any clogs or blockages within. This is very thorough, and will even help prevent clogs from forming as easily in the future by scouring the walls of the pipe completely.

If a drain snake is unable to rid your pipes of a clog, then hydro-jetting is your next best step.

When it comes down to it, when you have a clogged drain, you simply shouldn’t reach for that bottle under the sink. Instead, contact our reliable plumbers and keep your pipes in good shape!

For professional drain cleaning from an expert plumber in Los Alamos, NM, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration today.

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