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How Drain Cleaning Can Waylay Future Leaks


We’ve all seen the commercials: some magic chemical in a shiny bottle promises to take care of your plumbing woes. They engineer those commercials to make you think that a slightly sludgy-looking chemical can take away all worry about your pipes.

We’d all like to believe that, but then again, plumbers like us are still in business for a reason–those cleaners don’t actually fix the problem or prevent leaks from happening.

In fact, professional drain cleaning can prevent leaks in a way that chemical cleaners and DIY solutions simply can’t.

Let’s explain why drain cleaning in Corona, CA is simply unmatched and how it prevents future leaks from causing thousands of dollars in property damage.

Faster Drainage, Less Buildup

Hair, soap, and conditioner can all get stuck on the inside of your pipes and cause a clog. It’s slow at first, but it builds up over time.

Why is this important? Because of the water that travels through afterward. We know that water and oxygen rust metal. That corrosion leads to leaky pipes that can cause major damage throughout your home.

But how do the two connect? Because a slow drain means that oxygenated water sits in your pipes for longer. It’s like leaving metal in a pan of water outside: it’s going to run faster than it will from rainfall.

With clogged pipes, you essentially soak the metal in the ideal conditions to cause corrosion and eventual failure.

Don’t Resort to Plumbing Chemicals

We get it: we’re a plumbing company, so of course we’re not going to recommend chemicals, right? It’s not about getting business–it’s about preventing your pipes from undergoing massive damage.

Plumbing chemicals that promise to unclog your pipes simply don’t. They unblock the drain, but that’s not quite the same thing. Some of the debris causing the clog is still present, clinging to the inside of the pipe.

It unblocks enough of the problem, then leaks down into your pipes and into the sewer. These chemicals cause a reaction that creates heat, which is what breaks down some of the clogs.

Now think about your pipes: does a heat-inducing chemical reaction sound good for them? If you guessed “no,” you’d be right.

Using a drain snake, or the next method that we’re going to discuss doesn’t damage your pipes like that. It unblocks and can actually make your pipes even healthier. Let’s explain why.

It Removes Corrosion

We’ve talked about corrosion a lot, and for good reason. It’s why pipes begin to fail and leak in the first place. If you can prevent corrosion, great, but what about corrosion (rust) that’s already present in the pipes?

We’ve established that chemicals won’t remove it, so what will? A quick internet search talks about vinegar and steel wool being the best solution, but how on earth are you going to submerge your underground pipes for days on end?

It’s simple: you don’t. It’s not feasible. Those internet hacks don’t do the trick, but a hydro jet does. Hydro-jetting is the use of highly pressurized water to remove buildup, debris, clogs, and even corrosion from the inside of your pipes.

Think of it as a power washer. Have you seen power washers gently pull stains from wood, metal, and even concrete? It’s fascinating, and it’s a similar process to hydro-jetting. Your pipes will thank you for it (if they could).

Cleaner Drains Equal Less Drain on Your Wallet

Faster draining, zero chemical “cleaners,” and corrosion removal keep your pipes alive for longer and prevent leaks from popping up in the first place.

Paying for pipe cleaning may not be on the top of your to-do list, but we’re willing to bet that paying thousands of dollars in water damage is even further down.

Contact Sweetwater Plumbing today to handle your next drain cleaning project and prevent future leaks before they start. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job!

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