Dangers of DIY Drain Clearing

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So you have a backup in your shower drain or toilet. Can’t a little elbow grease and some DIY strategies clear the issue? Unfortunately, most DIY strategies cause more harm than good. In this article, our expert plumbing team at Bullseye Home Services, located in Sarasota, Florida, explains why DIY drain clearing is not a prudent solution.

Read on to learn why DIY drain clearing puts your pipes and your entire plumbing system at risk. 

Liquid clog removers corrode pipes

You’ve probably seen the commercials on television where spokespeople for liquid clog removers guarantee their product will bust blockages by just pouring it down the drain. But the truth is that these liquids include harsh chemicals that can corrode your pipes. And most times, they don’t even work.

Liquid clearers are bad for the environment

The fact is, liquid clog clearers can damage the environment. They are also unsafe to use around your family and pets. If they come in contact with human skin, they can even cause burns. 

Don’t know the cause of the clog

You need to know the cause of the clog before you can go about finding a solution. For example, a hair clog is removed differently than a clog caused by corrosion. In short, the repair strategy is dependent on the source of the clog.

And without professional help from a plumbing team like Bullseye Home Services, you will never know the true source of the blockage. Our team has the diagnostic tools needed, like flexible cameras, to determine the cause of your blocked drain.

DIY drain clearing can destroy your pipes

People will try to use anything, such as coat hangers, wires, and string, to dislodge a clogged drain. But it never works because DIY tools aren’t designed to fit into narrow shower or toilet pipes. 

Furthermore, sharp objects can gouge pipes, making them more susceptible to leaks, corrosion, and breaks. If you damage your pipes with DIY tools, the clog will be the least of your problems because fixing broken pipes is expensive.

Many people ask why they can’t just go out and purchase professional plumbing tools to clear the drain on their own. The problem is that most people don’t have the proper plumbing training to effectively use them. Even if you are able to dislodge the clog, it might not be completely gone. If the clog isn’t completely eliminated, it will quickly return.

Why you should choose a professional plumbing company instead

When you choose a professional drain clearing company like Bullseye Home Services, we can affordably remove the clog quickly and safely. 

When we arrive at your property for drain clearing, we first use a flexible camera to locate the exact location of the blockage, helping us understand its severity and the cause. That helps our local plumbers pick the correct tool for the job. 

And unlike DIY projects where the results can be mixed or worse, when you team with Bullseye Home Services for your drain clearing needs, we guarantee you will be satisfied. In fact, we make sure the clog is completely eliminated and won’t leave your property until you are 100% satisfied.

If you have a clogged drain, don’t try to clear it on your own. DIY drain clearing can make the clog worse or ruin your pipes. Instead, call Bullseye Home Services for help. We can have our technicians at your property as soon as the next day. We serve the Tampa Bay, Florida, area and also the surrounding communities.


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