“Help! All My Drains Are Stopped Up”

Clogged Drain

Drain clogs are among the most common service calls our team receives. When it’s just one drain, you may be able to relieve it with a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. When all the drains in your home are stopped up, however, then you have a much more serious problem on your hands—a sewer line drain clog that requires professional Durham, NC drain cleaning.

“Wait, Can’t I Just Buy Liquid Drain Cleaner?”

Sure, you can, but if the problem has already reached the point that all your drains are stopped up, this won’t do you very much good at all. Besides, we don’t recommend store-bought drain cleaners to clean out clogs at all, no matter how minor. The main reason for this is because these liquid drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals to do their job.

The chemicals used will eat through whatever is clogging your pipes (albeit, temporarily, because it doesn’t actually remove the clog) but it won’t stop there. Prolonged use of these store-bought solutions will degrade your plumbing itself, to the point that you’ll likely need to replace some or all of it earlier than you otherwise would have.

These chemicals aren’t good for you and your family, either. It’s actually quite easy to cause yourself injury or illness due to accidental overexposure to chemical drain cleaners.

“So, What’s the Answer?”

As professional plumbers, our team is very well aware of the harmful effects of store-bought drain cleaners. This is why we do not use any corrosive chemicals for our drain cleaning services. Rather, we use a variety of more effective, and safer, methods. For instance, we may employ drain snaking, which involves the use of an auger on a long cord to drill through any clogs within your pipes. This is the oldest and sometimes easiest way to remove stubborn drain clogs.

Hydro jetting is another increasingly popular method for drain cleaning that our plumbers use. A hydro jet is a thin hose with an omnidirectional sprayer head on the end of it. This hose sprays a high-pressure stream of water into the pipe, hitting all areas of the plumbing walls and blasting away any waste buildup out of the system.

This method has grown in popularity due to the fact that not only does it effectively remove your current clog, but it makes it difficult for further clogs to form later on. However, there are some pipes that can’t withstand the pressure of hydro jetting, so it’s important that you hire a professional plumber to take a look rather than an amateur handyman or attempting the job on your own.

On that last note—a hydro jet can be powerful enough to cut through metal, and therefore it’s extremely important to avoid using this type of equipment without the proper training and experience, as you can really injure yourself or someone else.

At One Call Plumbing, we’re “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.” Contact us today for exceptional plumbing and drain cleaning services—and to learn what your drain cleaning options are.