Drain clogs. They happen. No matter how well you take care of your home’s drains, scheduling routine cleaning and making sure that you keep fats and oils out of them, you will probably run into clogs from time to time. If you have a sink plunger (and you definitely should invest in one), using it is the first step toward attempting to unclog a stopped or slow drain. If the clog is minor, a plunger will usually eliminate the problem.
But what if it doesn’t? What should you do if a drain won’t unclog? The best step is to call on a professional plumber, as we’ll explain. The excellent plumbers at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are ready to help you with drain service in Franklin, TN that will fix any serious drain clogging fast and without damaging your plumbing.
The problem with liquid drain cleaners
A step that many homeowners take when they encounter a clogged drain is to resort to store-bought drain “cleaners.” We put cleaners in scare quotes because these bottles of chemicals don’t really clean out drains. They use acidic action to eat through a clog. This doesn’t remove the majority of the objects that lead to clogging, such as hair, instead leaving them inside the drainpipe to create future troubles.
On top of that, the chemicals in these products can cause serious damage to your pipes, and they leave behind toxic residue that can damage skin and eyes. No professional plumber recommends using chemical drain cleaners for residential drains.
The problem with consumer drain augers
What about using a drain auger (a.k.a. a drain snake)? Drain augers are effective tools at getting through clogs. They can corkscrew into the thickest clogs and then break them apart, and they also collect the debris that liquid drain cleaners don’t affect. However, a store-bought drain auger won’t do much good. The job requires a motorized auger, and these are not safe for non-professionals to use and might damage the drainpipes in untrained hands.
Call for a professional plumber
A sink clog may be an occasional nuisance for you, but professional plumbers deal with them almost daily, and they are a fast and easy fix. If that clog won’t give way to the plunger, leave aside the chemicals and the store-bought drain auger and instead call up Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We will use the best motorized drain augers and hydro-jetters to clear out that clog and prevent it from coming back. Contact us today to find out more about the drain service in Franklin, TN that we offer.