Have you recently moved into a new home? Have you discovered that the shower is slow or that your toilets don't flush like they should? While many people will turn to chemicals purchased from their local grocery or hardware stores to open their drains, that might not be the best option. Here are some reasons why you should seek the help of a professional plumber:
Some chemicals are damaging to pipes. Many drain cleaners are made with lye or other chemicals that create a strong reaction. If you have PVC drain pipes, like many homes do, the heat of the cleaner mixing with your clog could result in a melted pipe. A professional plumber can perform a mechanical drain cleaning, resulting in a clean pipe without any damage being done. They can also recommend less harsh drain openers, ones that contain beneficial bacteria and enzymes that will eat away at organic matter only, allowing it to be flushed away while leaving your pipes intact.
You may have external clogs. If multiple drains are clogged, then pouring a bottle of drain opener down your sink or bathtub may not do anything or may do very little to help with the issue. Multiple slow or clogged drains can be a sign that your main sewer line or septic tank has an issue. A professional drain cleaning can clear out the sewer line or septic tank, allowing all of your pipes to flow freely once again. During this cleaning, the plumber can also inspect your exterior drain lines to let you know if there are any potential issues that need to be dealt with. For example, if the clog was caused by plant roots, you will need to take steps to ensure that such a clog doesn't happen again in the future.
Your vent stack might be blocked. A vent stack is a pipe that runs from the sewer line near your toilet up through your home and onto your roof. Its purpose is to allow sewer gasses to escape into the air instead of into your home. When the vent stack becomes clogged for whatever reason, the gasses cannot escape and your toilet will flush sluggishly or not at all. You may also smell rotten eggs or other sewer gasses as they wind up escaping into your bathroom. With this kind of issue, a professional drain cleaning will involve removing the debris from the blocked vent stack and making sure that it gets thoroughly flushed out. They will also make sure that any incidental debris don't cause problems further down your sewer line.
Contact a plumber from a service like Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for help with any of these issues.