How to Accelerate Your Repiping Needs
You might be scratching your head–why would you want to accelerate your home’s need for repiping? Surely, there is nothing fun about replacing part or all of your plumbing system. It’s inconvenient, costly (our prices are reasonable but let’s face it, unexpected plumbing repairs are never a welcomed hit to the wallet), and no matter the time of year, an interruption to your home comfort.
But if you’re one of those homeowners who use store-bought chemical drain cleaner, you may very well already be accelerating your repiping needs. Read on to learn more!
Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Can Be Harmful
Have you ever looked at the warning label plastered on a bottle of store-bought drain cleaner? There are a number of warnings listed there and for good reason. Most of these products actually contain some pretty nasty chemicals. They’re highly caustic solutions and most of the store-bought drain cleaners you’ll find have terrible chemicals in them—chemicals that not only eat through whatever is clogging your drain, but eat through your pipes.
That’s right, once the drain cleaning solution is done eating through a clog, it coats the inside of the drain pipe and slowly starts to degrade it. So, over the years of using these “solutions,” your pipes will start to develop leaks, eventually forcing you to replace the pipe much earlier than you otherwise would have had to. Trust us—the cost of repiping your entire plumbing system—or even just a portion of it—isn’t worth the benefit of having your drain cleaner within easy reach.
The Professional Solution
So if store-bought drain cleaners are bad for your plumbing system, how the heck do you clean your drains when there is a clog?
By calling in the pros! Plumbers know that using the average store-bought solutions does more harm than good. This is why we do not employ the same methods when cleaning drains ourselves. Our professional-grade equipment is safer for your pipes, and even safer for you, as well (given that the chemicals in store-bought solutions can be damaging to your skin and eyes).
Drain snaking, for instance, is one of the oldest and most trusted methods for cleaning out a stubborn drain clog. A long cord with an auger placed on the end is lowered into your pipe until it meets the clog. Then, the auger is drilled through the clog (or latches onto it) and pulls it out to free up the pipe. This is an efficient and easy solution that doesn’t have any lasting negative effects.
Another method growing in popularity is hydro-jetting. This also makes use of a type of drain snake and auger, but this auger is multi-directional and shoots out a high-pressured stream of water to scour the inside of your pipes. This not only fixes the current problem but also makes it less likely for clogs to form in the future.