Are you one of those people who always wants to do things for yourself? Maybe you like to do your own painting or your own construction work. And maybe you've been doing your own plumbing. But the truth of the matter is that it's extremely dangerous for you to do your own plumbing. The reason? It's very easy to cause some serious problems and that starts with even the most minor of things, like a drain cleaning service. You might not think it could be a big problem to try it yourself, but your Katy, TX home thinks differently.
One of the first things that many people do in their homes when it comes to a makeshift drain cleaning service is force clogs through. The idea is that if you push enough water behind the clog it will break it up. The danger of this is that it can actually push the clog further along and it can pack it in even tighter. That means you could end up with an even bigger clog and you could end up with it in a spot where it's harder to reach. Not to mention you could cause a leak or a burst pipe.
Trying to reach into the drain with a snake can be a little better, but if you don't know what you're doing you could also push that clog right along. Not to mention the snakes that you'll find in your local stores and even hardware stores just aren't big enough to get into the drain and reach dep into the pipes. You may not even be able to reach the clog in the first place, let along get it out of there.
And when it comes to those chemical drain cleaners’ things get even worse. Many people think that these are the perfect way to go and that they're going to make it a whole lot easier for you to clear out a problem. But they can actually cause more harm than good because they're extremely dangerous in just about every way you could think of. They're bad for your family, they're bad for your drains and they're also bad for the environment. So, you're actually going to be causing even more problems for your home.
Chemical drain cleaners are just that, chemicals and the way they are supposed to work is by breaking down the clog in your drains. What they do, however, is release chemicals into your plumbing system. While those chemicals may temporarily get rid of the clog, they don't take out all of it and that means you'll just end up postponing the problem instead of actually getting rid of it. But that's not all. Those chemical cleaners are also going to coat the inside of your pipes, which can start to eat away at the inner structure of the pipe itself. That can result in pieces of metal in your water lines and of course to leaks and bigger problems later on.
Another problem with those chemicals is that they're going to be in your house. That means your family is around them. The bottles can be extremely dangerous for small children and pets. Putting the chemicals into your water lines and drains means they get into your water, which is bad for everyone in the family. And when you put them in the drain you're breathing them in, which can cause even more health problems. Overall, there's nothing good for your family that comes from these cleaners. But regular drain cleaning service doesn't need that.
If you have a septic field those chemicals get into the septic field where they damage the entire integrity of your system. The way that the septic system works is by tons and tons of microscopic bacteria that break down the waste that comes into the system. These types of chemicals can kill off those bacteria and that actually causes the entire system to fail. If there's no bacteria to break down the waste then all of that waste is going to get backed up in the system and it's not going to be good for your family.
And then there's the environmental impact. Everything you put into your drain is eventually going to get out into the environment. That means those chemicals are getting into the ground where our food is grown, the food that animals eat and even the animals themselves. It's also polluting water and even the air. Those chemicals can have an effect long after you think they would and the reach of them can actually be a whole lot wider than you might have thought too. And just from putting a small amount of chemicals down the drain during your own drain cleaning service.
When it comes to regular drain cleaning service, the important thing is that you're calling a professional. You might think you can take care of everything and perform drain cleaning service for your home entirely on your own, but the truth is that it's causing a whole lot more damage than you might have thought. Drain cleaning services are something that's definitely best done by a professional because it's going to be done quick, it's going to be done right and it's going to be a whole lot safer for the entire chain from you and your family all the way to the environment.
Give us a call at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Houston to schedule an appointment for your home. Getting regular drain cleaning service can keep you from having some major plumbing problems down the road. And it can also make sure that none of the things we've mentioned here are going to happen to you or because of your Katy, TX household. Our team can take care of any plumbing problems you might have, including minor drain cleaning services or major plumbing repairs and replacement. All you need to do is give us a call and let us know what your family is in need of next and we'll be there.