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For years, there have been debates whether drain cleaners can actually help in clearing clogged drains or whether they help destroy your drains; but what do drain cleaners really do?
Most advertisers, sometimes, even professional plumbers themselves, recommend the use of drain cleaners to clean your drains and free them from unwanted odors; after all, that’s what drain cleaners are supposed to do.
Drain cleaners come in many forms: liquid, gel, and powder. There are alkaline drain cleaners and acidic drain cleaners – although acidic drain cleaners can only be obtained by licensed plumbers.
Just like many things, there are some pros and cons that come with using drain cleaners to get rid of clogs.
One of the pros or advantages of using chemical drainage cleaners is that they are very easy to use. You basically just pour the chemical on the drain. There is no additional plumbing tool or equipment that needs to be used, there’s no special skill or training required.
Using drainage cleaners is also hassle free because you just have to leave it and wait for the chemicals to do their job.
Drainage cleaners works fast in removing or dissolving blockages.
Another advantage is that drainage cleaners remove bad odor from the clogged drains.
Chemical drain cleaners are also affordable and readily available.
Of course, if there are pros, there are cons as to using chemical drain cleaners.
One of the biggest disadvantages of using chemical drain cleaners is the possible health dangers of using them. These commercial drain cleaners may have chemicals that are dangerous for you and your family.
The possibility of your pipes getting damaged and corroded due to the strength of the chemicals in the drain cleaners is also one of the cons. There are chemical drain cleaners that can actually soften PVC pipes.
If you use drain cleaners frequently, they may leave residue in your pipes that, someday, may lead to clogs too.
Despite the cons of using chemical drain cleaners, it has been used and trusted by many people to clear their drains for decades now.
However, prevention is always better than cure. You can prevent your drain from being clogged by not letting hair, food leftovers, grease, and coffee grounds to go down your drain. There are many preventive measures you can do to avoid clogged drains.
Hot water systems are necessary for households, and even offices. Many home and business owners prefer having tankless water heater for their homes and businesses because of its many benefits.
There are many advantages in using tankless water heaters. For an instance, you will never run out of hot water thanks to tankless water heaters – which is an advantage over storage water heater system. Storage water heater system has a limit on the amount of water the tank can hold, therefore, hot water can run out if used by many people at the same time. Once water runs out, it takes time for the tank to be filled by heated water again.
Another benefit of using tankless water heater is the significant amount of energy you can save with it. Storage water heater system stores heated water and keeps it hot with a minimum temperature of 60°C to stop any bacteria from growing – tankless water heaters only heat water once you turn it on. With tankless water heater, you only use energy once you have to use water; you don’t need to keep the water hot for prolonged periods of time. You can save money from it as well because the device goes off the moment you’ve turned off your tap or shower. Simply put, you only pay for what you use.
Storage water heater systems require tanks where hot water can be stored. These storage tanks can be huge and can take up space because of their size. With tankless water heater system, you don’t have to worry about the space too much because it’s just a small device that needs to be mounted on the wall.
Tanks used for storage water heater systems usually have a lifespan of 10 years, whereas tankless water heaters have a lifespan of up to 20 years.
Since water is constantly stored in the tank, it is possible for minerals to build up inside the storage tank. You don’t have to worry about this with tankless water heater system because no water will be accumulated in it.
What’s more, tankless water heater system can be powered by natural gas, LPG (Liquefied Propane Gas) or electricity.
Using tankless water heater systems won’t be popular among homes and businesses in Australia for years if not for their benefits.
Plumbers who scam their clients aren’t unheard of. There are many ways an unsuspecting homeowner can be scammed by some plumbers.
It’s a good thing to trust your plumber, but it won’t hurt to be a bit skeptical before agreeing to a plumbing service or repair.
It’s crucial for anyone who plans to have any plumbing repair or installation to be aware of the most common plumbing repair scams so they can spot it easily should they come across a scamming plumber.
One of the most common forms of scamming is sending in additional workers for the job. Some plumbers work on an hourly rate and would subcontract other workers to do the job they can do on their own in order to gain more. You have to use your judgment on this. If the job only requires a single tap replacement or a simple fix for a leak, then one person can complete it; but if you want a complete plumbing system to be installed, then additional workers are needed. Before signing a job contract, ask if there will be additional workers coming into complete the job. Make sure that you know what each additional worker’s job is in your plumbing repair.
Another common form of scamming is “Bait and Switch”. This involves the plumber convincing the client that he is using a high end material (which usually costs more) and then switching the material to a substandard, cheaper one. To avoid this, it’s advisable to check every invoice related to the materials for the plumbing job to see if it matches to what you’ve agreed to buy.
Don’t just settle for verbal agreement. Make sure that you put your agreement in writing, especially if it involves details of payment for the job. That way, you can have security.
There are also some plumbers who will mark up their prices if you live in a wealthy neighborhood to rip you off. If you feel that your plumber is trying to rip you off, talk to other plumbers and compare prices. Also, ask your neighbors regarding how much they usually pay for the same plumbing repair job you’ll have.
Hiring a licensed plumber with good credentials from a good plumbing services company is always a safe choice. If you hire a plumber from a good-reputed plumbing services company, it’s highly unlikely that you will be scammed.
Although nothing beats experts when it comes to making repairs to your plumbing system, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared and have some basic plumbing tools (and even basic plumbing knowledge!) on your own. Not only will they come in handy for do it yourself repairs and maintenance such as unclogging drains, they can also be useful when you make a temporary fix while waiting for a licensed plumber to arrive.
Since plumbing services can be expensive, it would be a great deal of help if you take time to learn how to do some simple maintenance tricks and basic repairs like fixing leaky faucets so you can save a lot of money as well, aside from gaining new knowledge.
Here are some basic plumbing tools that can help you take care of your plumbing system:
• Wrench – A basic wrench is used to tighten and loosen nuts. An adjustable wrench is the type that can be used for nuts with various shapes and sizes. You should be able to reach narrow spaces with this tool.
• Hacksaw – This is an extremely useful tool for cutting metal and plastic pipes, nuts and bolts, and even screws.
• Teflon tape and/or plumber’s tape – These can be used to seal or tighten pipes.
• Epoxy and/or plumber’s putty – These can be used as temporary sealants for leaks while waiting for an actual fix from a professional plumber.
• Propane torch – A propane torch is useful in repairing metal pipes. You may want to purchase a self-igniting torch to save you from the hassle of turning a basic propane torch on.
• Plunger – This tool is used to remove clogs from toilets, drains, bathtubs, and sinks.
• Hand auger – A hand auger, also known as plumber’s snake, is a tool used to clear drains when your plunger didn’t solve the problem. It’s an effective tool in unclogging drains and is essential in maintaining your drains.
• Metal file – This is used to smoothen and even out ragged edges of metal pipes after being cut.
These are just some of the plumbing tools that can help you do simple fixes for your bathroom and kitchen. If you feel that the plumbing issue’s too complicated for you, better call your trusted plumber to resolve the problem rather than experimenting because there are some plumbing issues that are much difficult to resolve.