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If I Can Buy a Drain Snake at a Plumbing Store, Why Call a Professional Plumber?

It’s a very valid question: “If I can buy a drain snake at a plumbing store, why call a professional plumber?” Plumbing supplies are available at any hardware store, and indeed for the most basic of drain clogs, a basic snake will probably do the job. For anything more than that, however, you’re best served by calling in a Geneva, IL plumbing professional. Your plumbing is a vital part of your house and treating it with professional attention ultimately helps keep it in good shape.

Store-bought drain snakes tend to be inexpensive and adopt a “one size fits all” approach to clearing the drain. Depending on the nature of the clog, that can actually cause as much damage as it cures. The snake could cause scratches, the clog could resist easy removal, and even if you open up a passageway for water to flow, the remainder of the clog could remain in place, causing a stoppage again before too much time passes.

A professional, on the other hand, doesn’t have to rely on a generic solution. He can establish the exact nature of the clog and use a motorized snake with an interchangeable head to fix it. That allows him to determine the exact amount of pressure to use, as well as the type of head that best matches the material making up the clog. That allows the clog to be dealt with in a definitive fashion, clearing your pipes completely without causing excess damage to the pipes themselves. Furthermore, a certified plumber will stand by his work and ensure that the job is done right, a promise you won’t have if you buy a snake to do the job yourself.

Lifeline Plumbing is standing by to give you a hand. Give us a call today and make sure your clogged drain is fixed right!