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Drain Cleaning: DIY Vs. Calling a Plumber

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DIY Drain Cleaning the Kitchen Sink Most homeowners take pride in having some basic DIY home repair and plumbing skills, especially when something as simple as a clogged drain pops up.

The problem is, these problems really aren’t always that simple.

That’s why it’s important to know your local plumber and know when its time to call in the experts for drain services - especially you’re dealing with a plumbing emergency!

Think Twice Before Using Drain Clearing Products

Perhaps you’ve tackled the clog with a store bought drain cleaning product and it worked at first, but then the clog came back.

The problem is drain cleaning products can damage the surface of your drain pipes and cause corrosion. You really need to contact the experts in drain clearing and cleaning before you do more damage than good!

Finding the Drain Blockage

It is entirely possible the clogged drain is not actually the one with the blockage. In fact, most people are not aware that the kitchen plumbing, bathroom, and laundry drains are connected in multiple places.

A clog in one can potentially influence others. A drain cleaning expert would be able to identify and repair the original problem spot in your drainage system and make sure the job is done properly the first time.

Renting an Auger

If you’re handy around the house, you might be tempted to rent an auger (also called a “snake”) and clear the line yourself.

This also comes with some serious risks, so be extremely cautious. Not only could you end up damaging your pipes, but augers can cause injuries when they aren’t used properly by a professional plumber!

Clogged Pipe with Plumber's PuttySewer and Drain Video Inspection

When a sewer or drain backs up, one of the best things you can do is have a plumbing video inspection done so that you can be sure of what is causing the problem.

There is no point in replacing a drain pipe for your sewage system, for instance, if the cause of the pipe failing is some tree roots intruding in the area.

We even found a clog once where a previous plumber had actually clogged the pipe 80% with plumber's putty! If you have a backed-up drain that has you stumped and you need a San Diego drain repair professional, don’t hesitate to contact us today to avoid further, costly damage.

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