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Knowing why you should Avoid Using Liquid Drain Cleaners

Posted by Tingey Plumbing, Heating & Air
on 04 January 2017
Bathroom

Blog Highlights:

  • Most liquid drain cleaners use harsh chemicals that can be very dangerous to your health.
  • Many of these products contain an acid that can damage the pipes when it stays too long and it can even destroy expensive finishes and enamel in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • The chemicals in these products can also harm the environment especially when the residue left inside the containers get thrown away at landfills.
  • Homeowners need to keep in mind that not all clogs are the same, if it is caused by sewer line problems, no amount of drain cleaner will be able to fix it.

A lot of homeowners use liquid drain cleaners whenever a clog develops. But did you know that in many cases, this product can actually do more harm than good for your drain?

Many plumbers now say that liquid chemical drain cleaners are not actually good for cleaning drains. Many of these products try to convince consumers that it will be able to provide a quick fix for their plumbing problems when in fact, it can actually do a lot of damage.

Here are four reasons why plumbers do not recommend that you use liquid drain cleaners:

1. Toxicity

Many liquid drain cleaners contain chemicals with very high levels of toxicity. These chemicals are dangerous when inhaled, and it can even cause irritations on your skin, eyes, and nose. The chemicals used in some of these products continue to stay down the drain long after it was used.

2. Corrosion

Another problem that can be caused by these products is corrosion. Although they may claim to be able to “clean” the drain, what it actually does is use acids to dissolve the clog. Unfortunately, these acids can also corrode the pipe especially if it stays in it for too long. Liquid drain cleaners can also destroy expensive finishes in your kitchen or bathroom.

3. Pollution

The chemicals used in many of these products are not actually good for the environment. Residue can be found inside the bottles, and when it gets thrown away, the chemicals can harm the water or the earth.

4. Ineffective

Clogs can be caused by different factors, and because of that, there is no assurance that a drain cleaner will be able to fix it for you. If the clog is caused by problems in the sewer line, pouring chemicals will never be able to fix it no matter what you do.

This is why most professional plumbers recommend that instead of using drain cleaners, you use the plunger to deal with the clog instead.

If it still won’t work, you should contact a drain cleaning professional to take on t