When it comes to drain cleaning it’s one of the most important preventative steps you can take to protect your plumbing system from a breakdown. Drains take a lot of abuse, from heavy usage in the kitchen to the removal of wastewater from appliances and the bathroom your drains work hard to ensure that your health and safety are protected. There are some common misconceptions when it comes to drain cleaning and drain maintenance. Here are some of the most common drain misconceptions.

#1 Liquid Drain Cleaner Will Do the Trick

At the first signs of a clogged drain many people reach for the liquid drain cleaner. This can be a huge mistake when

it comes to drain cleaning. First of all, most liquid drain cleaners aren’t strong enough to do what they claim. While you may see brief relief, it usually won’t correct the actual problem. Before too long the problem could return. Second, liquid drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can not only damage your pipes, but also are dangerous to handle and dangerous to the environment. You are better off having a professional plumber thoroughly clean your drains to not only ensure it is done correctly but also get to the root of the problem.

#2 Going the DIY Route

Another common misconception of drain cleaning is that you can DIY it. While there are plenty of projects around that are appropriate for DIY, drain cleaning is not the best DIY project. A professional plumber is definitely the best choice when it comes to drain cleaning. For starters, a professional will have the right tools for the job. Not knowing what tools to use or using the wrong tools for the job can not only be ineffective but also cause damage. It’s also better to hire a professional plumber to ensure that job gets done correctly. Professional plumbers have training and knowledge and will have a better understanding of how to clean your drain properly.

#3 Anything Goes

One of the biggest misconceptions about drain cleaning is that anything can go down the drain. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, most drain clogs are preventable by watching what goes down the drain. Drains are meant to remove waste water not trash. Never put trash, paper, plastic, glass, large food particles, bones, grease, hair, paint, and other harsh chemicals down the drain. Failure to watch what goes down the drain can result in clogs and damage.

Do you have questions about drain cleaning? Contact John Owens Services today.


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