You never really think about your drain–that is, until there’s a problem. And in those times, you need to make quick decisions, because these types of things tend to only get worst. Though you need to be aware of all the facts before figuring out the best solution, sometimes knowing what’s not true can be even more helpful than know what is. So before you start your quest for plumbing truth, let’s address 4 drain repair myths you shouldn’t believe.
Myth 1: Drain Repair Is Expensive
Are you someone who springs into action when you notice a leak in the faucet? Do you search for old tools laying around the garage and start tinkering around with the problem even if you’re not a professional? Well, you’re not alone. When someone notices a problem with their drain, most people’s first inclination is to fix the problem themselves. Not because they are interested in a DIY project but because they are afraid that hiring a plumber will cost them a lot of money. Though some drain repairs can be expensive, this is not the case with all of them. How expensive your project is will depend on what type of drain repair it is, the experience of the person whom you’ve hired as well as if the part the you need (if anything has to be replaced) is readily available.
Myth 2: Chemicals Drain Cleaners Will Help
Have you ever taken a trip to the hardware store in hopes of finding the best liquid solution for your drain problem? Often it seems that the cheapest and quickest solution is to purchase a liquid solution to pour down your drain. However, what most people don’t realize is that the use of liquid cleaners can actually damage your plumbing system. Most liquid cleaners contain chemicals that are harmful and can eat away at your pipes and cause damage to our environment. Further more liquid cleaners only solve parts of the problem. In order to get real results with your drain cleaning, you need to call a professional who can do some diagnostic work and fix the clog. There could be buildups, obstructions or root damage that the liquid drain cleaner simply can’t help.
Myth 3: A Plunger Can Clear My Drain
Using plungers can be both hazardous and messy. This is especially the case if you have double sinks. If you’re trying to unclog one of your drains, you may forget to cover your second drain, causing the blockage from your clogged drain to come right back up through the next one. Also, if you decide to use plungers after pouring chemical cleaner down the drain, you may cause back splashes, where the chemicals come back up through the drain and can make contact with your skin or eyes, causing injury and in some cases, blindness.
Myth 4: Any Plumber Can Repair A Drain
Contrary to popular belief, all plumbers are not the same. Each has different experiences as well as education. Though drain problems may be common and seem like something that any professional can repair, it’s important to look for one that offers quality service. Not only will this solve the problem, but it will also help to ensure that the problem is less likely to be recurring.
While these myths may seem harmless at first glance, they can actually cost you a lot of time and money. Take time to do proper research about plumbing. You may even want to set up a consultation with a professional. In the case of drain repair, you best defense is definitely a good offense. So be prepared.