The Dangers of DIY Drain Clog Removal

Clogs are pesky and they happen more frequently than most of us would like. However, there is something to be said about relying on professionals for clog removal, no matter how minor the issue may seem at first. DIY drain clog removal can start harmless enough, but when simple measures don’t work and you have to resort to more serious efforts, it might be better to ask for help.

If you’re considering DIY clog removal or want to understand why you shouldn’t attempt it, here are a few dangers to keep in mind.

Making Things Worse

When you attempt to remove a clog on your own, you usually don’t have the right tools for the job. Even with the best plunger or DIY snake, you also don’t have professional experience in drain cleaning and clog removal. Therefore, you could end up making things worse by pushing the clog down further and wedging it in tighter. You could even push it hard enough to cause a break in the pipe or other issues.

Chemical Dangers

Most people turn to the various household drain cleaners that are sold at about every big-box retailer and discount store around. You can even find drain cleaners at some gas stations these days. And yet, according to most professionals, these are the products that you should avoid at all costs. Even if they do work to clear the clog, they’re temporary at best.

More importantly, they’re dangerous to your pipes, your skin, and your overall health. And with a professional, they might not be necessary.

Injury to Yourself or Others

Trying to remove a clog might seem like a simple enough endeavor, but it could be a stubborn clog, and trying to remove it could be a formidable task. Many people injure themselves trying to remove clogs and clear drains without the proper tools and expertise. While it might seem like something you can handle, it’s usually not worth the risk. A professional will know how to get the clog out safely and ensure that everyone avoids injury.

Serious Plumbing Damage

We mentioned making things worse, but the ultimate case of that is when your “simple” clog removal leads to damaging the pipes, collapsing or removing sections, or causing erosion in the pipes that require serious excavation and repair. The average cost of clog removal ranges from $100-$400, depending on the location and severity of the clog. Major drain replacement and repair can easily run upwards of $5,000 or more.

As you can see, it’s always a smarter idea to call in Open Drains instead of risking the potential consequences of DIY drain clog removal.


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