Everyone has different ideas as to the best way to approach a problem with blocked drains around the home or the office, and the advent of the internet has only served to increase the number of people expressing differing opinions when it comes to the right solution.
As with many aspects of household DIY, there are a number of myths and simple untruths surrounding the repair and unblocking of drains. Attempting some of these may merely result in a waste of time, while others could be potentially damaging.
The only surefire way of fixing drainage issues is to call in the professionals. But in the meantime, here are some of the more common myths to avoid should your drains become blocked…
Chemical Products Unblock Drains
It is a commonly held belief that chemical drain cleaners that can be purchased from the supermarket are sufficient for unblocking slow-draining or completely clogged drains. While some products may produce results in certain situations, regular use of chemical cleaners down drains can have an adverse effect.
Corrosive in nature, these cleaners can cause damage to internal pipework if used excessively. If a blockage is already in place, pouring chemicals onto it will rarely be the answer, and when you eventually have to call in the experts to deal with the issue, they will be at risk from the toxicity of the materials in the pipework.
Slow-Running Drains Don’t Require Attention
As long as the water is disappearing down the plug then things are fine, right? Not necessarily. Any indication that water is draining slowly points to a blockage developing in the pipework, and getting the problem sorted as soon as possible is the best way to avoid more serious problems related to cracked pipes and backed-up water.
Fixing Damaged Drains Is A DIY Project
This is perhaps the most dangerous assumption of all. Although taking out and cleaning the u-bend may be within the capabilities of those with a certain amount of competency, anything beyond this is strictly the domain of professionals.
The equipment needed to rectify blocked drains and sewers is expensive to rent, not to mention dangerous to use for the inexperienced, and not knowing what you are looking for or how to go about repairing damaged drains can make things a whole lot worse.
For first rate drainage services across London and the South East, call on Express Drainage Solutions today. Our team of experts are on hand to provide CCTV drain inspections and repairs, rectifying any fault in a fast and efficient manner. Don’t rely on urban myths and old wives’ tales when it comes to unblocking your drains – get in touch with Express Drainage Solutions to find out how we can help you.