Dec 13, 2013   //   by Daniel Cordova   //   Baldwin Park Plumber, Blog, Home Plumbing, Plumbing Maintenance  //  Comments Off on How can I unclog the pipes in my home?

DIY Plumbing Projects That Are Best Left To Professional Plumbers

 

West Covina PlumberMany people feel as if they can handle plumbing clogs themselves. Simply use a plunger for minor clogs and move on to a manual snake for more serious clogs. While this is true and most clogs can be handled by yourself without the use of a professional plumber, there are some situations where it is essential to use a professional plumber to handle bathroom clogs.

One key factor to determine if you should leave your clog to a professional plumber is the seriousness of the situation. If a snake or plunger is ineffective at dislodging a clog then you may have to use a professional plumber. Start by viewing any noticeable section of your pipes. Sometimes this is underneath a sink that lies between the bathtub and the drainage pipes. Other times this is in a basement. View the pipes to see if there is any leaking. If there is, then you should leave the clog to a professional.

If you are unable to dislodge the clog then you should refrain from pouring chemicals down your pipes to loosen the clog. Many people dump chemicals down their drain pipes to dislodge a serious clog in order to avoid having to incur the expense of using a professional plumber, only to find that they have done irreversible damage to their pipes. This often ends up costing them more in the long run. Fight the urge to dump chemicals down your pipe drain. You are doing serious damage to your house.

Secondly you should consider the layout of the bathroom and the pipes. If your pipes are near the edge of your house, or travel below concrete outside, an underground vine or tree root may have infiltrated the pipe and may need to be dislodged by a professional plumber. Do not try to break up the pipes yourself as you may damage the foundation instead. Contact a professional plumber.

Clogged drains often seem like a basic problem that you can solve yourself. However, when initial attempts fail to dislodge a clog it is time to hire a professional plumber so that you do not end up with a flooded house or cause serious damage to your pipes.

Are you in need of a reliable plumber in the West Covina area? Call Daniel Cordova Plumbing at (626) 962-0885 and schedule a service call today!


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