Drain Cleaning

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Dealing With a Clogged Drain

You go to flush your toilet, but nothing wants to go down. Your shower is slowly turning into a bath (but that’s not what you wanted). Or your kitchen sink is burbling and gurgling, all while giving you a not-so-nice look at everything that’s gone down the sink over the last week or two. They’re scenarios we’ve all had to deal with. 

So what do you do when you find yourself in need of drain cleaning? San Francisco, CA residents have plenty of options available to them, from heading to the store for a bottle of drain cleaner to calling emergency plumbing services like those offered by James & James Plumbing. Ready to make a call? You can get in touch with us at (628) 399-0730.

Dealing With Some Common Drain Cleaning Myths

Before you get to work on those dirty, clogged drains though, it’s a good idea to know what you shouldn’t be doing. Head online and you’ll see plenty of supposedly helpful tips and tricks for dealing with a clogged drain. But unfortunately, a lot of those tips and tricks can actually do far more harm than good. So here are some things you should know if you find yourself in need of drain cleaning or drain repair. 

Not All Drains are Made Alike

This should seem fairly obvious, but it’s easy to forget this fact when you find yourself dealing with a clogged drain. The drain that connects to your toilet is not the same as the one connected to your kitchen sink or bathtub. This means different methods may be needed to take care of these different drains. Don’t assume what worked on your tub the last time you had a clog is going to work just as well on a toilet that’s coming close to overflowing. 

Chemical Cleaners are the Best Way to Clean Drains

Those chemical cleaners advertise themselves as highly effective for drain cleaning, but there are many good reasons you should put down the bottle. First and foremost, chemical cleaners are horrible for the environment. Beyond that, the harsh agents in those cleaners may be able to clear out some clogs, but they tend to cause damage to your plumbing in the process, especially when used on a regular basis. 

Calling a Plumber for Drain Cleaning is Expensive

Sometimes it can be a bit expensive to call a plumber out for drain cleaning. However, this is usually only the case when you find yourself with severe damage to your plumbing that needs extensive work. When calling a plumber out for drain cleaning, you can typically expect affordable work done within a short time frame. 

Anyone Can Clear a Drain With the Right Tools

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but 9 times out of 10, you’re going to need someone to help out with your drain cleaning. This is because you need someone with the knowledge and know-how to figure out the best method to use for the kind of drain you need to be cleared. Another thing to keep in mind – that also means finding a plumber that has the experience to take care of your clogged drain. And while it may be a surprise to many, not every plumber has the experience or the know-how to give you the drain cleaning or drain repair you need. 

Drain Cleaning From Experienced Plumbing Professionals

This is where you can benefit from giving us a call. The trained technicians at James & James Plumbing have the skills and experience necessary to take care of many kinds of drain cleaning projects. Whether it’s the kitchen sink or the bathtub, we can be there to take care of your problem quickly and make sure that problem won’t come up again anytime soon. 

Not only that, but we can advise when a service such as whole house repiping may be necessary. When you’re ready for your drain cleaning in San Francisco, CA, or the surrounding cities of the Bay Area, you can reach out to James & James Plumbing by calling at (628) 399-0730.