When you are faced with a troublesome clogged drain or toilet that just won't clear, you may get desperate and come up with some unique solutions to unclog your drains. Some people want to fix the problem themselves instead of calling a professional, which is fine as long as you know what you are doing. In some situations, you will just make the problem worse if you try to solve it in the wrong way. Continue reading to learn about some of the methods that you should never use to clear a clog.
Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaners are a tricky thing. Usually, they cause more trouble than they eliminate because they eat away at all of the bacteria in your plumbing – good and bad. No good bacteria in your drain means that you will continue to have clogs because there is nothing there to dissolve substances. Furthermore, chemical drain cleaners cannot break up solid, tough clogs.
If you must try a drain cleaner, use an environmentally friendly one that will add more good bacteria to the drain instead of kill it. You can also try your own DIY solution of vinegar and baking soda, followed by flushing the drain with boiling water.
Add More Pressure
This is a common misconception in the plumbing world. Homeowners think that they can use a watering hose or something similar to build up water pressure in the drain and knock the clog out that way. This rarely works, and you could damage your pipes in the process. Skip the watering hose and reach for the phone instead.
Drain augers, or snakes, are great tools. These tools are only effective if the hands that are using them belong to someone with plumbing experience. Otherwise, you will not do anything to the clog at all and could destroy your pipes.
Take it Apart
Some homeowners think that once they have tried everything to remove the clog and nothing works, they should take apart the pipes and physically remove the clog themselves. This is a terrible idea because plumbing is a tricky thing. If you are lucky and don't damage anything while you are disassembling, you are likely to have trouble putting the pipes back together so that they don't leak.
These are some of the things that you don't want to try to do in order to clear up a clog in your plumbing. Some DIY efforts are worth attempting to save some money, but plumbing is not one of them.