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5 Myths about Drain Cleaning

Here are 5 Myths about Drain Cleaning. You likely pay very little attention to the drains in your home until one becomes impacted by a clog. And the clog needs to be cleared. Over time, debris can build up in pipes. These form a clog that eventually slows your drain to the point where it drains slowly or not at all. Cleaning a drain is not terribly difficult, but there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding what works, what doesn’t, and what’s actually safe for your plumbing. Here are five drain cleaning myths.

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#1: Drain cleaning products work as well as a professional cleaning service.

You’ve probably seen the commercials on television for a drain cleaning product designed to eat away at clogs and dislodge them. Seems simple, right? Just pour some of the liquid down the drain, wait a few minutes, and give it a good rinse and you should notice the clog has disappeared. That’s the ideal situation, but unfortunately, it rarely works like that. These cleaners do dissolve some of the clogs, but they also dissolve anything they come into contact with, including metal pipes. You’re far better off calling a professional who can come in with the proper equipment and snake your drain clean without dealing any damage to your precious plumbing.

#2: All drains are connected.

In a sense this one is true, but it’s also not true in the way most people think it is. Yes, it’s accurate to say that all of your drains are connected because they all lead to the same sewer system, but they’re also separate from each other in that each has its own drain pipe that leads out to the main sewer line. Think of your plumbing like the veins and arteries in your body: a clog in the main artery can cause a backup in a much wider area of your body than one in a smaller, less impactful spot. If your bathroom sink is clogged, it’s not likely to affect your dishwasher or washing machine. Clogged main sewer line affects your whole home.

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#3: I can do my own drain cleaning service.

As a homeowner, you lack professional tools that you need for drain cleaning. Simple tools like plungers and plumbing augers that you pick from local home improvement store will not work. And for bigger jobs, you can rent special equipment designed to go down your plumbing lines and fix the issue. While you may fix a backed up toilet with a plunger, but anything beyond that you should call a  professional Toronto Plumber. This is especially true for any major clearings, such as main sewer lines, or if something awkward or valuable has fallen down the line. By the time you will be able to manage to fix the issue, you probably could have hired a professional Toronto Plumber to do the job with far less damage to your plumbing.

#4: If my sewer backs up regularly, I need it replaced.

Sewer lines are extremely important parts of your house. They allow wastewater to flow out to the sewer main. But these lines clog fairly frequently, especially if you have several trees located in the area surrounding the line itself. Tree roots can intrude into even the smallest crack in these pipelines. They grow and eventually clog the line entirely. If your sewer pipe is in good shape, then you can destroy the tree root that is blocking your pipe. And then clean your sewer line to get it flowing smoothly again.

#5: All plumbers do drain cleaning

This is the most common drain cleaning myths. Drain cleaning is a fairly common service, but not all Toronto plumbers accept those jobs. Some Toronto plumbers choose to focus on new system installations while others specifically focus on re-pipe jobs. Some firms only do drain cleaning, as drain cleaning does not require a license to perform. However, these unlicensed cleaners are not qualified. They cannot replace a faucet or install a water heater. Therefore, be sure to ask about technician licensing before hiring a plumber to do these larger jobs.

Are your drains running slowly? Don’t care about drain cleaning myths. Call Everest Drain and Plumbing today to schedule a drain cleaning service!

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