Regular preventative sewer and drain cleaning is an excellent way to avoid clogs, backups, and burst pipes in your home. Drain cleaning by a licensed plumber also alerts him or her to plumbing damage, water leaks, and the need for potential repairs. Clog removal is also best left to a plumber, to ensure you avoid damaging pipes while clearing clogs and know that the job gets done right!
Professional clog or drain cleaning costs typically average just over $100 and might run up to $250 depending on the extent of a clog, materials needing removal, and other such factors. Preventative drain cleaning, to clean out pipes and ensure they’re free of solid waste and debris, also averages around $150 to $200 for most homeowners.
While most home improvement stores have a wide variety of drain cleaning products and offer tool rentals to homeowners, it’s never recommended that someone attempt DIY drain cleaning or clog clearing! There are many reasons to leave this work to a plumbing contractor near you.
Before you rent a plumbing snake or try some over-the-counter products to help you clear a clog or clean out a home’s plumbing pipes, note some reasons why you might call a professional plumber instead. You might also consider some advantages of regular preventative drain cleaning as well as signs of plumbing leaks and damage, so you know when to call a plumber and can ensure your home is always in good repair!
Professional, preventative drain cleaning might seem like an unnecessary expense. Homeowners might also assume they can easily clear a clogged toilet, kitchen sink, or bathtub drain. However, note some reasons why you should call a plumber for all your home’s clogged drains and toilets, and some reasons to invest in preventative drain and sewer cleaning as well.
While preventative drain cleaning is an excellent way to avoid plumbing leaks in the home, they do still happen on occasion! When left unchecked, plumbing leaks risk mold growth, damaged wood framing and other building materials, and rusted pipes. A leak also wastes water!
No doubt one reason homeowners tend to put off needed plumbing repairs and maintenance is that they’re afraid of “being taken,” meaning charged for unnecessary services or services the plumber didn’t actually perform, being overcharged, and the like. While it’s good to take your time in finding a reliable plumber, note that the vast majority of plumbing contractors typically conduct themselves honestly with customers, so you shouldn’t avoid scheduling their services altogether.
One excellent way to find a reliable plumbing contractor near you is to check their online reviews and comments from past customers. While a random negative review isn’t necessarily a red flag, avoid companies with a very low rating or lots of mixed reviews. Also, read what reviewers say and especially if they note that the plumber didn’t seem to fix the problem, didn’t seem to perform a thorough inspection before starting work, or was otherwise unprofessional and unreliable.
It’s also good to choose a plumbing company that specializes in plumbing work rather than a general contractor or home repairperson. Proper clog clearing and drain cleaning requires skill and expertise as well as experience with the right tools and equipment. General contractors who only provide plumbing repairs on occasion might not have the same experience as true plumbing professionals.
In the same way, opt for a plumbing company near you that offers a variety of services, not just clog clearing. If a plumbing contractor is thoroughly experienced and trained in plumbing repairs, he or she should be able to install kitchen sinks, plumb a room for a new bathtub, and other such services! The more skilled a plumber, the more services they offer, so choose one who does more than just basic plumbing installation and repair work.
Spend any amount of time online and you’ll see a number of suggested ideas for homemade drain cleaning products and solutions, including vinegar and baking soda, dish soap and hot water, and many more. Despite any online recommendations, however, it’s best to avoid homemade drain cleaning products!
One reason for calling a plumber to clear clogs is that those products are often ineffective at removing layers of grease and small items that cause clogs; instead, they only add another layer of material to that solid waste! Your plumbing contractor might then need to do even more work to clean a home’s drains and remove plumbing clogs.
Some homemade drain cleaning solutions such as vinegar and baking soda might also bring some solid materials and water back to the surface of a drain, or cause clogged toilets to overflow. Plumbing messes are not just unpleasant to clean up; they’re often dangerously full of germs, bacteria, and other harmful sediment. Trying to clean that plumbing mess can actually spread it around or cause some sediment to become airborne so that it becomes even more dangerous to you and your family.
It’s also vital to remember that clogs put pressure on pipes and connectors, often leading to leaks. The longer you wait before calling a plumbing professional, the more likely it is that your home’s clogs are causing water leaks and resultant mold growth and other such damage. Rather than risk that, call a plumber for needed drain cleaning and clog removal!