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.