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What Do Plumbers Recommend To Clear A Clogged Sink?

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It’s post-festive season and the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a clogged sink. It completely tosses any other plans you had out the window and now you’re stuck attempting to clear a clogged sink. The worst of it is realizing if you procrastinate clearing the clog, it could end up much worse. When dealing with an irritating or unplanned task, we tend to look for the simplest solutions that could potentially aggravate the situation.

Why Can’t I Clear a Clogged Sink with Chemical Cleaners?

You may say to yourself “well, my parents used bleach and that works well,”. The problem is that we now know better. Making use of chemical cleaners can give you temporary relief. The issue is that chemical cleaners can also cause lasting damage. This will end up being a very expensive repair or replacement. There are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t use caustic chemical drain cleaners.

  • Pipe Damage

    Abrasive chemicals such as bleach contain elements that will damage your pipes. With frequent use, corrosion can occur. Corroded pipes are not only prone to leaks but are also a health hazard. You will need to replace all the damaged piping throughout your property, which can be costly.

  • Health Hazards

    While using chemical cleaners poses a health hazard when used down drainage pipes, it also acts as a health hazard inside your home. Young children and even pets are curious by nature and have a habit of getting into things that they shouldn’t. If you inadvertently leave it out or leave it in an easily accessible spot. You could be putting your loved ones at risk for accidental exposure.

  • Environmentally Unfriendly

    Unfortunately, when pipe corrosion occurs leaks can happen. This means that toxic chemicals are now seeping into the surrounding soil. This contaminates the soil and can even end up polluting nearby water sources. The resulting pollution is toxic to not only water supply systems but also any wildlife in the area.

  • Avoidance Is Not a Cure

    While using chemicals may seem like a quick fix, it’s only a temporary fix until the next clog occurs. By working with a rooter specialist from Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, you can find the “root” cause of the issue.

What Do Plumbers Recommend to Clear a Clogged Sink?

Before calling a plumber to check out your clogged sink, there are a few safe ways for you to clear a clogged sink. Keep in mind that the underlying cause of the issue won’t be resolved. This temporary solution will tide you over until you can call in a professional plumber.

  • Homemade Cleaners

    There are a variety of “chemical” mixes you can use with regular household ingredients. Mixing baking soda and vinegar is a firm favorite in many households. While less harmful to the environment and not technically a hazardous chemical, a chemical reaction does occur when mixing the two together. The mixture should be followed by hot water down the drainpipe.

    Rooter Pro Tip: Keep in mind that you should NEVER mix household cleaning agents together. The chemicals in different cleaners can lead to explosive results when combined.

  • Plunge-Away!

    It’s always handy to keep a plunger in your home. Keep in mind that there are different types of plungers available on the market. A normal drain plunger works best on drain clogs. While a toilet plunger works best for clogged toilets.

Clear A Clogged Sink the Art Way!

Don’t take unnecessary risks using toxic chemical drain cleaners to clear your clogs. The rooter specialists at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, will always recommend regular preventative and sewer maintenance. If you’re constantly dealing with clogged drains, it’s time to call in for professional rooter service. They’re there to help to find the underlying cause of your drainage issues.

To schedule your next drain cleaning service with Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, call 1-833-470-2880, today!

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