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Our 2023 Clogged Drain FAQ


You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Sometimes a clogged drain can be quite the conundrum.

There are all sorts of products, services, and even pieces of technology that promise things about your drain, but unless you’re well-acquainted with this kind of stuff, it can be nearly impossible to make a winning call.

Do you purchase the drain cleaning chemicals at the store that your neighbor recommended? Do you hire a plumber for drain cleaning services? Or do you just continue to plunge yourself?

Luckily, we have all the answers you need on this blog. And, if you think that you’ve still got a few questions after reading this blog, then you can contact our team for a more personalized response.

Just keep in mind that a plumbing professional has the training, tools, and experience to answer your questions and clear out your clogged drain in Cincinnati, OH.

“How Can I Prevent Drain Clogs?”

We’re going to be honest with you, there’s no forever-cure for a drain clog. If you use your drain on a semi-regular basis, then it’s going to clog eventually.

Whether it clogs tomorrow or in 10 years is really going to be up to how often you use it, the materials that get flushed down it, and luck.

But one thing you can do is set aside money every few years to invest in professional drain cleaning. This will keep your drains in good shape and help you feel better about not being surprised by an emergency drain clog when you’re trying to cook a holiday dinner for the whole family.

“Are Drain Cleaning Chemicals Safe?”

The short answer is “no,” but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

These chemicals are mostly unsafe for people because they create fumes that irritate your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin. They’re also extremely dangerous to ingest if your kids ever get a hold of them.

But these chemicals are also not safe for your plumbing system. They can eat away at the lining of your drains to the point where they do more harm than good. Basically, stay away from drain cleaning chemicals!

“Should I Be Able to Plunge or Snake Every Drain?”

If you were a professional plumber with access to industrial-grade plungers and drain snakes, then maybe. But otherwise, we don’t expect a homeowner to be able to clear every drain in their home.

This is because certain drains require plungers and drain snakes of a specific size and material, which often isn’t available at a local hardware store or a grocery store. That’s why a professional can be so helpful.

“What Can a Professional Do That I Can’t?”

This is a great question and one that can be answered easily.

First of all, a professional plumber has access to industrial-grade drain snakes and plungers, which are much better at removing clogs quickly than your average plunger or drain snake. They’re angled and shaped in different ways for different drain sizes so you get the maximum effect out of each one.

Also, professional plumbers can utilize a hydro jet, which is basically a powerful water jet attached at the end of an auger that fits down your drain. This powerful solution is all-natural and can remove even the most stubborn clogs in existence.

For help with your clogged drain, contact Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc.

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