If you have a slow drain or worse, a clogged drain, you need to remove the debris in the pipe that’s causing the problem. Professional drain cleaning service from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio will help you maintain clean and clog-free pipes. Some people might be tempted to rely on commercial drain cleaner products to clean their drain pipes. Unfortunately, these products contain chemicals that can be dangerous for your pipes. If you live in San Antonio, Texas, and need a clog removed or your pipes cleaned, choose us. We have a reputation for fair pricing, prompt service, and expertise.
How Do Drain Cleaner Chemicals Harm Pipes?
It’s confusing–why are chemical drain cleaners sold so widely if they’re unsafe for plumbing systems? Commercial drain cleaners sold in supermarkets or at home improvement centers are legal and known to remove clogs. Often, they do remove clogs because of the chemical reactions that occur within pipes. However, they don’t always work. Moreover, using these products can cause your pipes to become more brittle. Here’s why:
Unlike the drain cleaning service your plumber provides, drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals. These chemicals, usually caustic or sulphuric acids, cause heat-based reactions that will eat through the organic debris in your pipes, but they can also be corrosive to metal. Sometimes these products clear clogs, but sometimes they do not. That means that those harmful corrosive chemicals remain sitting in your pipes. The longer they stay in your pipe, the higher the risk for damage. To reduce the risk of damage to your drains, it’s much safer to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio for our professional chemical-free drain cleaning service.
Alternatives to Drain Cleaner Chemicals
To keep your plumbing system flowing smoothly, opt for drain cleaning service. Our professional plumbers do not rely on chemicals to clean drains. If there’s a clog, we will typically use an auger to clear it. When the clogs are close to the drain opening, we may take apart the pipes beneath the sink to give them a thorough cleaning. It’s not uncommon for kitchen sink crossbar pipes and p-traps to become clogged by food debris and grease.
Although augering can open up a line, drain pipes that clog often need more than just ‘opening up’. Hydro jetting gives pipes a thorough cleaning. If you have multiple slow drains or frequent clogs, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio may recommend hydro jetting drain cleaning service in order to prevent those frequent clogs. We can bring our equipment to your home to efficiently clean your drains.
What About Home Remedies?
Knowing that drain cleaner chemicals are too harsh to be safe, some people opt to try safer home remedies such as baking soda and white vinegar to clean their drains. These ingredients are quite mild, but because they’re mild, they’re often not nearly tough enough to clear clogs. Generally, white vinegar and baking soda are ideal for use between the times you schedule professional drain cleaning service. You might clean your drains with these mild ingredients every month or so.
Why Call a Plumber to Clean Your Drains?
Professional plumbers are certified and experienced. They also have the proper equipment needed to perform drain cleaning service safely and effectively. Although home improvement centers and hardware stores sell augers, only plumbers have professional training to use these tools safely. Plus, a short auger won’t reach clogs that are deep into the drain system. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio has augers of various lengths and sizes so we always use the correct tool for the job at hand.
In addition, we have hydro jetting equipment which is ideal for drain cleaning service. This equipment releases powerful jets of water into the drain pipes to dislodge stubborn debris, pushing it all out into the city sewer system. The stubborn buildup may take years to build up, but hydro jetting can remove it all so that your pipes are debris free and, as such, less likely to clog frequently.
Never entrust anyone except a licensed plumber with the care of your drains or any aspect of your plumbing system. An untrained contractor can damage your pipes by using the wrong tools or using tools incorrectly. Instead, trust our drain cleaning service for the job.
Keeping Your Drains Clean
After our plumbers tackle your drains with augers or hydro jetting equipment, you’ll want to maintain your clean pipes between professional cleanings. Many people schedule professional cleaning by a plumber every year or two. However, it depends on your household. A busy household might require annual cleaning. A household that’s not as busy might only need a professional cleaning every two years or so. As mentioned, you can keep your drains cleaned by using a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda occasionally between professional cleanings with your plumber.
Also, the best way to keep your drains clean is to prevent unwanted debris from getting into your drains. Never pour grease or oils into your drains, for instance. Do not flush them or food debris down the toilet either. Food debris is a leading cause of drain clogs. On the other hand, other items like paper towels, wipes, and hair can also cause stubborn drains. Be sure never to dispose of items like these down the drain.
Contact us to schedule an appointment so our plumbers can clean your drains professionally. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio is renowned for providing high-quality customer service. We’re known for getting the job right the first time. Whether you have a clogged sink drain or need new water heater installation, you can rely on us for all of your home’s plumbing needs.
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