Professional Drain Cleaning Versus Home Remedies

February 10, 2019

It’s difficult to know when to you call a professional for a clogged drain. Luckily, home remedies are inexpensive, so you can try those first. The big question is how long will your fix last?

Chemical drain cleaners, plungers, and drain snakes sometimes only remove a portion of the debris/residue causing the clog in your your pipe. Leaving too much sludge behind can cause another drain clog in a short period of time. Here are some advantages of professional drain cleaning versus home remedies.


Professionals have access to tools that the everyday homeowner doesn’t have access to. Whether there’s a clog in the laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom, a professional will be equipped with the tools and the know-how to get the job done correctly.

Professional cleaning services consist of using a combination of drain snakes and other tools, plus safe solutions like a drain maintainer. These solutions work by clearing your drains without harming the integrity of your pipes. Through natural biological activity, helpful bacteria absorb the grease and organic buildups in your pipes and convert them into harmless by-products. A biofilm then coats the inside of your drain pipes and continues to consume the organic wastes until they’re gone.

In addition to their services, professionals can also give recommendations to ensure your pipes stay in optimal condition.


Drain cleaners purchased from the store can offer a quick fix and a sense of instant gratification. However, these products are highly toxic and can actually cause more problems than they solve.

  • The fumes will linger long after use which can cause eye, nose and lung irritation.
  • The chemicals are not good for the environment and can end up in landfills.
  • Drain cleaners may not even clear the drain, causing an unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals.
  • The chemicals in drain cleaners can deteriorate your pipes.
  • Drain cleaners can cause chemical burns if splashed onto your skin.


While it may seem like calling a professional out to your home to perform any service will be costly, this isn’t always true. Preventative maintenance is necessary for your plumbing and can actually save you money in the long run by fixing a problem before it starts.

Home remedies often only mask the clog, leaving debris in the pipes that you can’t see. If a clog isn’t fully cleared, home remedies will have to be purchased over and over again to keep drains from clogging. While the expense may not seem like a lot, it will begin to add up over time and could eventually exceed the cost of a professional plumber’s service.

Drain cleaners can begin to deteriorate your pipes if used often enough. This can lead to a cracked or burst pipe which will require an emergency visit from a plumber that may not have been needed before.

If you have clogged drains, Reddi can help with our drain cleaning services. Call us at (316) 847-4277 for a quote today!

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