A blocked drain in your home can build up over time and start to cause a serious problem. While many people are tempted to save money by attempting to unclog the drain themselves, there are many reasons why it’s better to leave the job to a professional drain cleaner. A professional drain cleaner will have access to the right equipment and cleaning products to clear the block safely and accurately.
If given the choice, it is better to hire a company that specializes in drain cleaning, rather than an everyday plumber. Home plumbing and drain cleaning are very different services that require different skills and different pieces of equipment. When looking for a drain cleaning service, look for a company that knows what they are doing.
Here are some things you should ask when hiring a professional drain cleaner:
Is there a guarantee?
Any good drain cleaner should guarantee their work. You want to know that once the drain is unclogged that it will stay that way, and not present problems a few days later. Ask whether there’s a warranty on the labor and what they will do in the event that the problem reoccurs, will you get a refund or will they fix the problem for no extra cost?
How will they inspect the pipes
When you’ve got a problem with a blocked drain or sewer, it can be difficult to know precisely what the cause of the problem is, or at least where the problem is in your drains. A good drain cleaning company should have the professional equipment needed to inspect your pipes, without the need for complicated excavations or lots of time. Ask if they use video inspection equipment, this is a quick, convenient way of inspecting your drains to ensure a quality fix.
How long will the repair take?
Depending on how long it takes for your pipes to be unblocked, may mean your sink or bath drains may be out of use for some time. It is a good idea to ask how long this will take so you know what to expect. Usually you will be able to use the drain again the same day, however in some cases a repair may take longer, so it is best to find out before the work begins.
How can this be prevented from happening again?
A good drain cleaning company will not only unclog your drain but give you advice on how to prevent such a problem in the future. Once you have determined the cause of your blocked drain, ask what solutions are available to prevent it from happening again, such as a drain cover or biological detergents.
If you suspect that you may have a blocked drain, don’t hesitate in calling a professional to fix the problem quickly and effectively.