Why You Should Always Err on the Side of Caution When It Comes to Clogged Drains

There is no stronger frustrating feeling than realizing you have a clogged drain in your home. Whether that be the shower, toilet, or perhaps even one of your sinks, knowing that you will have to get the plunger out and most likely get unsanitary water over you is never a pleasant feeling. However, there are many good reasons why you actually shouldn't tackle a difficult clogged drain on your own. A plumber might actually be the more pragmatic solution, which will not only save your discomfort as you won't have to unclog it on your own, but they can provide a better overall solution to prevent clogs from happening in the future.

Do Your Drains Clog A Lot?

If this is not a one-off occurrence but your drains are clogging multiple times a year, then there could be a deeper issue at play and the surface clog is merely covering it up. Plumbers are great at identifying when there could be a deeper structural issue with your pipes and not just a single clog. There could be further clogs down the pipes that are much harder to reach, or perhaps your older pipes have had enough sediment build up on the sides so that it virtually closes them up. 

Accidental Damage

A lot of homeowners are far too vigorous when it comes to unclogging their drains. They just expect them to be able to handle strong treatments from the plunger or other improvised tools. The fact is that many pipes and drains are made out of plastic or soft metals. Scratching the sides of them or creating too much pressure can cause them to have structural failures that will be much worse than your current issue, so let the pros handle it and keep your plumbing intact! 


It is not just the fact that you might have some bacteria on the top of the clogged drain, but if the clog goes deep enough, then there could be quite nasty bio-hazards down there. The last thing you want to do is get sick or make one of your family members sick by cleaning up the clog. You could be pulling up months' worth of dead hair, skin cells, and greasy shampoo, or other body-washing ingredients. Plumbers have special equipment to make sure they handle all of this with care to not make themselves ill.

For more information, contact a local plumber near you to learn more.