DIY vs Calling a Plumber: Clogged Drains

Do you have some plumbing issues in your home? It can seem like there are multiple problems piling up. The pipes are banging, the toilet is backed up, the faucet is leaking, the list could go on and on. Some homeowners take these plumbing issues on themselves, in an attempt to save money from calling in a professional plumber. It’s true that a handy homeowner can fix some plumbing issues around the house. However, there are many jobs that should left to professionals. Unfortunately, sometimes a DIY job can lead to more problems down the road. Let us go over a scenario and discuss what can be done for the issue at home, and when it’s time to call a professional plumber to handle the job.

DIY vs. Calling a Plumber: Clogged Drains

Have you poured Draino or other drain-clearing chemicals down your tub, bathroom sink, or kitchen sink drains? While these cleaning agents can clear out built up residue and small blockages, letting you resume normal use of your drains, they can have a damaging effect on your pipes. The harsh chemicals in these products may cause your pipes to deteriorate. We caution you to ensure that you are using the right chemicals depending on the drain and application. For example, most sinks and bathtub pipes can handle these heavy-duty cleaners, but toilet and washing machine drains can incur  permanent damage from these heavy-duty cleansers. If you use the wrong cleaning products or misuse them, you can end with an even bigger problem. In addition, these products have numerous ingredients that are detrimental to the environment. When you use these chemicals they pollute the waterways and threaten fragile ecosystems.

So what should you use to unclog your drains? Instead of turning to Draino and other cleansers right away, try a homemade remedy first. This gentler, green alternative is cheaper as well!


  1. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down your clogged drain
  2. Pour 2 cups of white vinegar after the baking soda
  3. There will be a bunch of foam and bubbles!
  4. Once the mixture has settled, follow up with a kettle of boiling water down the drain
  5. Turn on the faucet for a few minutes to see if the drain has become unclogged


If the drain remains clogged, to the point that an eco-friendly or chemical application can’t unblock it, it’s time to call in a professional plumber. Repeated use of chemical products will not help a persistent problem.

The good news is our plumbers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with your clogged drain. A trained professional will inspect your drain and let you know what is needed. It may be as easy as a drain clearing procedure, or more extensive repairs may be needed. The best part is that your clogged drain will be completely fixed, you won’t have to use corrosive chemicals, and you may even save money in the long run. Our qualified plumbers can find and fix the root of the issue instead of merely treating the symptom of a slow-moving drain. Gogo Rooter will repair the problem for a longer-lasting, more environmentally friendly, and better for your pipes solution that the DIY approach.

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