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How To Clear Drains Without Causing Damage

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Chemical agent used to unclog some pipes. Digital illustration. It is important to use a clogged drain cleaner rated for the type of pipes in your home.

Drain Cleaning Treatments

A clogged drain or pipe blockage can cause sewer water to back up into a residence in New Caney, TX. Find out more about regular maintenance or occasional drain cleaning treatments to keep gray water and solid waste flowing down lines and avoid the need for professional sewer damage restoration.

Do Regular Enzymatic Treatments
Drain cleaners made with bacterial cultures and concentrated enzymes break down organic substances. These treatments should not damage drain lines. Here are several general guidelines for using an enzymatic drain cleaner:

  • Pour the recommended amount of cleaner down the drain
  • Allow it to sit for a few hours before running faucets or flushing toilets
  • Repeat usage as needed until the drainage is clear
  • Do maintenance treatments on a weekly or monthly basis

Follow the instructions for the brand of cleaner you choose to use. This treatment is better for clog prevention than clearing lines that are slow or blocked and causing backups and sewer damage.

Use Chemical Cleaners Rated for Pipe Materials
It is important to use a clogged drain cleaner rated for the type of pipes in your home. Caustic cleaners may damage certain types of metal or PVC pipes. Acidic cleaners are acceptable for newer plastic pipes or metal pipes that are not made of galvanized or stainless steel or aluminum chrome. Check the formula of foaming cleaners to eliminate buildup on the sides of pipes.

Contact a Plumber to Clear Blocked Drains
If you do not want to risk damaging blocked drain lines, schedule a professional sewage cleaning. A plumber can clear clogs and identify underlying causes such as tree roots intruding into lines.
Enzymatic treatments reduce the buildup of biofilm and degradable materials. Chemical cleaners can clear slow lines but may push clogs deeper. If a sewer line gets blocked, it is time to call a plumber. A clogged drain can cause water to back up into a residence in New Caney, TX, which may cause sewer damage.

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