Drain Cleaning: DIY vs. Professional Service

Clogged DrainA clogged drain means your sink or tub flushes out water way longer than necessary. At worse, it means your sink or tub turns into a wannabe swimming pool for days on end. When things get out of hand, a clogged drain can flood the floor surface surrounding your sink or tub, and even your basement.

Now, the question is: will you unclog your drain yourself or call a professional plumber who knows his way with chemicals and plungers? Whipple Service Champions has some tips for you.

Do it Yourself

The most hassle-free way to unclog your drain is to flush it with boiling water. Keep in mind though that this technique only works for minor blockage. In addition, if the drainage system in your house is made of PVC pipes, this technique can do more harm than good since temperature over 175 degrees can compromise the integrity of your drainage system.

For grease or physical blockages, you can use a mixture of baking soda (1/2 cup) and vinegar (1/2 cup). This technique will involve bubbles, so prepare for this wonderful sight and try not to panic.

If a simple combo of baking soda and vinegar does not do the trick, you can always head to your local home maintenance shop and buy a bottle of chemical drain cleaner. If you’ve already tried all three and still your clogged drain won’t budge, maybe it’s about time you call the professionals.

Seek Professional Help

A professional plumber knows clogged drains like the back of their hands. They’ll definitely get the job done. But you will have to shell out a few dollars for the professional service. The cost of plumbing services depends on certain variables, such as company rates and severity of blockage. Local rates also vary.

Clogged drains need not be the bane of your existence. Unclogging is only a matter of deciding whether you DIY or ask for help.