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Drain clogs are a nuisance, and if you don’t know a lot about unclogging methods, it can become an infuriating sequence of events and emotions. These sequences often start with anger and end with acceptance -- like the stages of grief for home maintenance tasks.
When you first notice your water draining improperly, you might be met with unnecessary rage. But once you make your way to the acceptance stage, it’s time to solve the problem productively, without rage, and without wasting your hard-earned money.
Don’t cling to the outdated idea that you need to call a plumber every time your pipes seem to be backed up. Plumbers are great, but should be reserved for serious issues that are absolutely unfixable without a professional. It’s always best to try out your own fix with a product you trust. Plus, when it works -- you’ll feel more accomplished, and you’ll have saved lots of money.
How to choose the right drain cleaner
Not all drain cleaners are created equal. And when searching for a drain opener, there are so many different kinds that it can be overwhelming when scrolling through Amazon or staring at the shelves at Home Depot. Here are some of the best tips I can offer you for choosing the best drain cleaner for your situation:
Look for safer options
Finding a drain cleaner or drain opener that is listed as biodegradable, safer for the environment, safe for pipes, or non-fuming is a good start if you want your plumbing and the soil surrounding your home to remain unharmed by chemicals. Using formulas that are safer ensures your pipes and our planet will go unharmed.
Avoid dangerous chemicals
Stay away from corrosive and caustic chemicals like sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, bleach, or peroxides. These chemicals can dissolve clogs, but they can also wear away at your pipes over time and cause damage to your plumbing system. Don’t take the risk!
Look for ease of use
Is the product you’re looking at simple? Or does it involve multiple steps that make you feel exhausted and confused just reading the instructions? If you’re confused within the first few seconds of reading instructions -- it’s not worth the time. Look for an unclogging product that has pre-measured doses for your drains. No thoughts required.
Lots of companies *guarantee* their product will work and just hope you’ll take their word as you close your eyes and give your money away. It takes a really confident company to not only guarantee their product will work, but guarantee your money back -- in the off-case that it doesn’t. Sometimes pipes are housing a deeper issue than a drain opener can solve, and not every drain clog is as simple a fix as you might think. If you find a company that has a money-back policy, don’t let them go!