For a homeowner, few things are more annoying than being in the shower or brushing your teeth and watching the water not drain. This can be even more frustrating for a business, as you really don’t want plumbing problems hindering your day-to-day activities. Although it’s common enough, this frustration doesn’t have to be the norm.
There are a few do-it-yourself solutions out there for plumbing problems. But chemical drain cleaners and using the good ol’ plunger are temporary and can even damage your pipes!
Your home’s plumbing needs proper maintenance and repair to function properly. At Lee’s Air Plumbing, & Heating we help you live a plumbing stress-free life. So if you’re having plumbing issues, or if your DIY attempts went wrong, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our team of professionals will accurately determine what your plumbing needs to work without fault. And they have seen it all! Don’t let your mood go down the drain, schedule a visit today!
DIY Can Do More Harm Than Good
Your first instinct when dealing with a plumbing issue might be to try to fix it yourself. This is natural, as problems in sewage disposal systems can feel like a smelly, annoying headache. While some DIY methods can be effective and simple, others can be a source of even bigger complications.
Here are a few directions to help you deal with simple issues.
Try the Faithful Plunger
A plunger is the most common tool when the matter at hand is unclogging a drain. It can be an effective tool when used right. But there are different types of plungers for different types of drains and surfaces. So here’s what to know when trying the old faithful:
- For sinks, bathtubs, or most drains with a flat surface, use the regular cup plunger. All you have to do is place the rubber head flatly on the surface and make sure it adheres. Then you start plunging and let the suction do the work.
- For toilets, there’s a plunger specifically made to be used on them. It has a different shaped rubber head that sticks to the toilet better. And after gripping the bowl, just plunge as usual.
- The accordion plunger is used on toilets as well, but it’s made out of plastic and shaped like an accordion. It produces a lot of force and is harder to use, requiring the whole plastic piece to be submerged in water.
If a plunger doesn’t do the trick, a visit from one of our professionals will. So if you have a clog that just won’t go away, trust it with the pros. Give us a call to stop suffering from clogged drains.
Be Careful With Chemical Cleaners
While chemical drain cleaners might be convenient when dealing with clogs, they can also cause serious damage to your pipes. These products work by creating a chemical reaction that dissolves blockages in your plumbing system. There are 3 problems with this:
- The same chemical reaction that dissolves the clogs can also severely damage your home or business’ pipes
- If a chemical is dangerous to metal pipes, it’s definitely not good for your skin, eyes, or lungs.
- Using drain cleaners doesn’t tell you what the source of the problem is.
Our professional recommendation is to not trust your plumbing to over-the-counter solutions, as it can do more harm than good. Our drain experts determine what your plumbing needs to work effectively. Because a simple drain clog can be the sign of a bigger, underlying issue.
Signs It’s Time to Call a Pro
Frequent Clogs in the Same Drain
This is the most classic sign that a professional is required. Maybe you fixed it yourself and it clogged again. If your drain clogs and then suddenly starts draining again only to clog later on, it means a professional visit is due.
Sometimes you have to trust one of the most tried-and-true methods for finding a clogged drain: your nose. If the area that the faulty drain is in is constantly smelling off, that’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the sewage system. Don’t wait until it develops into a more serious issue, trust your instincts and contact us.
Suspicion That the Clog is Deep
Your drain is clogged and you’ve tried the ever-trusted plunger but it didn’t work? This can be an indication that the clog is deep in your sewage system. Deep clogs are a more serious matter because they can affect other areas of your home or business. Deep clogs can slow down other drains that were previously working. If you suspect the drain clog in your home is deep in the sewage system, give us a call right away. Our professionals at Lee’s are well trained and equipped to deal with these matters.
Proper Care Beats Having to Repair
As with most things in life, prevention is always key when it comes to avoiding future issues. Just like a disease can go unnoticed without visits to your doctor, your home’s plumbing system can develop issues without regular maintenance by a professional.
Membership Plans: Save on Maintenance & Repair
Emergency repairs are unfortunately necessary. And they’re sometimes expensive. But ensuring your plumbing is getting annual attention helps prevent serious issues.
Lee’s Air provides Membership Plans to help drive down the costs of repairs and frequent maintenance visits. To keep your residential or commercial plumbing flowing freely (and inexpensively) we offer both residential and commercial plans.
Let’s make sure your pipes work without a hiccup. Call us and learn more about it.
For When You Actually Want it All to go Down the Drain
Drain clogs can be a major pain. While it’s common and instinctive to try to do repairs yourself, it might not be the best course of action. So if you’re having plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to call your local plumber.
We’ll work hard to ensure your drainage system is working as intended, so you can stop worrying about that pool in your sink. We make sure everything that should go down the drain, will. Call Lee’s Air today.