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Dos & Don'ts of Drain Cleaning

Friday, July 10, 2020
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For the everyday homeowner, it is hard to realize the amount of strain that our home drains take over time.  From clogged drains, everyday bathtub drains and more, drain buildup accumulates deep within the drain, causing progressive issues that eventually amount to larger problems down the road.

The experienced plumber technicians at Bison Plumbing are equipped with the best drain repair options available, and we’re ready for any kind of drain work.  First, let’s take a look at some of the main do’s and don’ts of drain cleaning and fixing a drain:

Don’t: Use a Store-Bought Drain Cleaner

Store-bought drain cleaners can help with surface area grease and grime, but the harsh chemicals are harmful to your drains over time.  Due to the concentrated chemicals produced to break down pipe buildup, commercial drain cleaning can cause leaks and other issues that are much more expensive than having a professional drain cleaning.  Bison is your trusted local plumber with the tools and expertise to manage long-term drain issues.

Do: Professional Sewer Cleaners & Jetting Services

Clogged drains are not always caused by a clog in your drain line; the sewer lines connected to your drains are also at risk of excess clogging.  If you think that this is the case, we recommend calling the Bison plumbers to schedule an inspection to determine what the root cause might be.  If it has to do with your sewer line, you will need to get your sewer lines jetted.

Sewer jetting is a plumbing job where high-pressure water is used to clear out grease, grime, debris, waste, and anything else causing the clog.  This is a kind of professional plumbing service that should not be done on your own.  Unless you have professional training with this type of equipment, it is more likely to cause additional damage to either your plumbing or yourself.

Don’t: DIY Drain Snaking

Steel drain snaking is a common process a plumber will use to clean out the hair, food, and other matter from the drain in a quicker amount of time.  However, as novice as this process might seem, it can also be hazardous to someone without experience cleaning drains.  Drain snakes are made of flexible steel that travels deep into the drain to clean them out.  Though, if handled too aggressively, the steel snake can snap and project shards of broken steel toward you or others.  This is another drain cleaning don’t that we suggest calling us to get taken care of.

Do: Use a Licensed Plumber for Best Practices

As with most trade work, accidents occur just as often in the plumbing business.  A certified plumber will know about the potential hazards, and the plumbers at Bison know how to best work with such hazards.  A badly trained plumber or a neighbor who does plumbing on the side will be lacking this expertise.  The best ways to be able to stay safe are using the correct tools, being familiar with surroundings, fixing leaks in home plumbing, and determining if there are other potential hazards.  Homeowners risk personal injury, as well as a significantly larger bill down the line, should any plumbing job go wrong.

We have a 30-day guaranteed warranty.  We offer a 30-day warranty with all standard drain cleaning.  Where we cannot offer a warranty due to the outstanding condition of the system, we will provide you with a written explanation and proposal for what is needed.

When Bison Plumbing is on the job you can rest assured that your job will be done right, on time, and for a fair price.  We do everything from drain snaking and drain repairs, sewer line replacement and sewer repairs, rooter work, and more local plumbing services.

With your help and a little hard work, we can help keep our systems and infrastructures operating efficiently for generations to come.  Give us a call today at (586) 335-2238 or fill out our contact form for more information!

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