Why DIY Methods of Drain Cleaning are Bad for Your Pipes

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DIY methods of drain cleaning may seem like an easy solution that will save you money when you are experiencing problems. Unfortunately, a majority of do-it-yourself drain cleaning options only mask the problems within your pipes allowing them to become worse, leaving you with costly repairs in the future. Our team at USA Pipe Repair wants to make sure your pipes are always functioning properly which is why we recommend seeking professional assistance instead of trying to do it on your own.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical cleaners have the tendency to leave behind residue that is bad for your pipes. Depending on the material of your pipes, it can cause corrosion or erosion of the pipe walls, meaning your pipes will collapse, crack, leak, fracture, or otherwise fall apart. These types of chemical cleaners are oftentimes bought in stores, so it is beneficial to avoid chemical cleaners at all costs.

Household Drain Cleaner Methods

Home cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar, hot water, or other home methods may also cause risk to your pipes. Vinegar and baking soda together causes an explosive effect, which seemingly removes clogs and obstructions. However, this explosive reaction continues within your pipes which can easily destroy protective coatings on your pipelines and remove any chances of the clog naturally disrupting itself.


Snaking is a traditional method of drain cleaning, but using a wire coat hanger to remove your clogs and scrape the interior of your pipe and push your clog further into your pipeline. You could wind up breaking an important part of your plumbing system’s functionality. It’s best to trust a professional plumbing service to resolve any issues with your drains or pipes function.

Drain Cleaning with USA Pipe Repair

USA Pipe Repair has been resolving pipe-related issues since we started. We’re an all-service plumbing company, working with repairs, replacements, new installations, fixtures such as faucets and sinks, underground methods such as trenchless inspections, pipe bursting, lateral pipe boring, and other methods to easily and effortlessly fix your plumbing problems. We work locally and with residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in order to resolve a variety pipes issues and keep your drains clear.

Contact our dedicated staff for a consultation. We look forward to your call.

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