A blocked drain is a real pest, and in the worst case scenario can leave important appliances such as the sink, toilet or shower completely unusable.
For that reason, it’s understandable why so many people try to fix the problem themselves, hoping to save both time and money.
However, what may seem like a good idea at the time can quickly turn into a nightmare! Here’s a few of the most common DIY drain disasters.
Waiting Too Long
Not all drains become completely blocked and cause an instant emergency; in some cases, there’s just a partial clog which slows everything down.
Poor drainage and a nasty odor can be signs that all is not well with your drains and there’s a few things you can try to get things running smoothly again.
But if your drains don’t return too normal, delaying getting expert help can lead to a much bigger problem. Waiting too long is one of the biggest DIY mistakes and can result in a far bigger bill than is necessary.
Relying On Chemicals
At your local hardware store you’ve probably noticed an array of products which are designed to unclog the drain.
Marketed as being powerful and effective, they can be useful in clearing away a minor blockage but despite their claims they won’t work on a more serious problem. Therefore, if the drains seem to improve but very quickly get worse again, it’s time to call in the experts, based in Liverpool. Pouring more chemical drain cleaner is not a good idea because it can corrode the pipes.
When used regularly or over a long period of time, drain cleaners can damage both PVC and metal pipes. This is because they work by using strong chemicals to try and break down the waste and mass in your drains. This has a scouring effect on the pipes and gradually starts to eat away at the material.
Using Tools Without Training
The internet can be a huge source of information but in the wrong hands, this information can end up exacerbating a problem.
It’s easy to find plumbing advice about how to use equipment such as drainage rods, an auger or a snake but it’s not as simple as just shoving the tool down the pipe. To be effective, the tools need to be used with a degree of knowledge and experience and won’t offer a magic solution when just thrust willy-nilly down the drain! In fact, using tools incorrectly can even make a blocked drain worse by forcing the clog lower down or by compounding it further.
Conversely, don’t attempt to clear a blockage with makeshift tools. Wiggling a coat hanger down the drain might seem like a harmless idea but you could end up damaging the pipes.
You may have read about how drain jetting helps to clear out blockages but don’t be tempted to give it a go yourself.
Plumbing professionals always diagnose a problem before attempting to fix it, and in some cases jetting a drain could cause a more serious issue, such as a burst pipe. Not all blockages can be just washed away and putting the drain under a lot of pressure without knowing what’s wrong is a recipe for disaster.
Get Expert Help
If you think you might have a problem with your drain, call in the experts sooner rather than later and you might find it’s not as bad as you think.— October 12, 2016