Drain Cleaning: Is Professional Service Needed?

One of the most common plumbing jobs requested is cleaning of drains. If a drain is not clean, foreign material can build up inside resulting in a clog. Additionally, a dirty drain can result in foul gases escaping into your home or commercial space. This is both an inconvenience and unhealthy.

However, there is always the question of whether or not you should hire a professional to clean your drain. Many people consider drain cleaning to be a fairly simple job that anyone can handle. However, it's not as simple as it may seem.

Do You Have the Right Tools?

Perhaps one of the main reasons why anyone would be better off hiring a professional to clean their drains is lack of the right tools. Many people don't have the correct tools to clean drains, and many of those who clean their own drains tend to use an assortment of make-shift tools that may do more harm than good. Unless you have the correct tools, leave the work to the pros.

Are You Using the Right Cleaning Products?

Rushing to the store and getting the cleaning product that an 'expert' on TV recommended is a recipe for disaster. Drains are a lot more sensitive than you may realize. Some cleaning products can damage the pipes, and for those with septic systems, many commercial products will reduce the effectiveness of the septic tank. This is why it's important to know what products can clean your drain without harming it.

Do You Know What Needs to Be Done?

Cleaning a drain is not just about pouring a drain cleaner down the drain. Depending on certain factors, a drain snake may need to be used. Certain parts of the system may also need to be taken apart in order to do a thorough job. Unless you know how to do this, you're likely to do an insufficient job.

Do You Have the Time to Do the Job Correctly?

A very important factor to consider is that you may not even have the time to clean your drain properly even if you have the right supplies and know what needs to be done.

Cleaning your drains thoroughly may take up a lot of your time. If you don't have the time, you may keep postponing the job, or you may not do it correctly. It will be better to leave the job to someone who can take the time to do it as required. Contact a company like Johnson Plumbing today for more information and assistance.