Clogged drains can go from being an irritating issue to a full-blown problem in no time flat. Most of you probably try to unclog the drain yourself, and sometimes that’s okay. Occasionally, you’ll find the clog early enough to knock it out with boiling water or the like. However, most do it yourself drain solutions make matters worse in the long run.
Why Call a Plumber Instead?
Why call a plumber, whom you must pay, when you are perfectly capable of fixing your clogged drain solo? Because there is an excellent chance that you absolutely cannot clear your drain, at least not long term. You may be making the problem worse than it was to begin with by adding more fun things to the clog. Not to mention, some DIY clog cleaning methods are downright dangerous.
The Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale about pouring a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda down the kitchen sink to clean it out and clear clogged drains. While it’s awfully fun to watch all the fizzy action, this method really doesn’t do much but look cool. Test it out yourself. Throw a pad of butter in a bowl. Pour in the required baking soda and vinegar. Come back in five or ten minutes. You’ll find the pad of butter floating amidst the fizz. All that’s happened is a whole bunch of baking soda has been added to your clogged drain.
The Wire Hanger Theory
While, in theory, the wire hanger method seems like a good way to get a toddler-tossed item out of a toilet, it can be a real mess to contend with. After all, you could end up pulling out some rather unappealing items from that black hole of disgustingness known as the throne. Worse, you could end up breaking the hanger off inside the toilet, and that is a serious problem.
Caustic Soda: Not A Safe Option
Caustic soda poured into drains may well clean them out. Just don’t forget to wear your rubber gloves and eye protection before pouring it. Seriously, this kind of chemical is highly dangerous. What if a little one happened by after you used it and decided to explore the toilet? If you have toddlers, you know what I’m talking about. You also know closed doors only prevent so much mayhem. It’s not worth the risk of the painful chemical burns the caustic soda leaves behind.
Store Bought Liquid Drain Cleaners
Liquid drain cleaners are among the most hazardous chemicals that can be legally bought off a store shelf according to Angie’s List. Many people don’t take the warnings or instructions on the bottle seriously, resulting in possible poisoning that may happen days or weeks after exposure.
It’s understandable why you might try to take care of a clogged drain on your own. And sometimes, you’ll be able to handle the problem simply and effectively with safe measures like using dish detergent or boiling water to wipe out grease. However, for more serious or stubborn clogs, doing it yourself is just not the way to go. Call a plumber instead.