Deciding to DIY and clean up a clogged drain may save you some money—if you completely know what you’re doing. More often than not, however, DIY methods can do more harm than good to your plumbing and you might end up having to call a local Knoxville, TN plumber to fix the mess. Listed below are some of the DIY drain cleaning mistakes you should avoid:
Mistake 1: Pouring chemical cleaners.
Commercial drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that slowly eat away some plumbing components. Also, note that not all clogs can be dissolved by drain cleaners. For instance, Business Insider reminds that the grease you pour down your drain is just washed down further the piping line where it joins all the other greases: forming massive blocks (fatbergs) that lead to a more serious clogging problem.
Is it taking too much time for you to do the dishes? Is your toilet not using enough water when flushing? Are you running late for work because your showerhead does not release adequate water for you to rinse fast enough? Low water flow can be frustrating and at the same time, may signify a serious problem in your home’s plumbing system. In that case, you must call a Knoxville, TN emergency plumber. Low water pressure is the result of any one of these following reasons:
Local water distribution. Low water pressure is normal during peak hours: it’s when everyone else in the neighborhood is using water, such as watering their lawn, and or getting prepared for school or work, things to that extent. You may consider altering your schedule a bit so as not to compete with water usage. To double-check, call your local water supply facility and inquire about any problems that might be causing the poor water flow.