- When you use a chemical cleaner in your drain, it can easily damage the pipes
- One of the other major drawbacks to using chemical cleaners is that they often mask the main issue with your plumbing system
- Fortunately, there are alternative ways to clear a clogged drain
We’ve all been there, standing in the kitchen looking down into the murky water of a clogged sink or standing in two inches of water in the shower due to a clogged drain. In these moments, it’s tempting to reach for the nearest chemical cleaner, but this may not be the best, healthiest, or most environmentally friendly option.
Most chemical drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, which is also known as caustic soda or lye, or sulfuric acid. These chemicals react with whatever is clogging the pipes and clear the way. They are highly corrosive to organic materials, including metals, and their alkaline composition releases heat that dissolves grease and soaps, while their weight helps to flush out more solid clogs.
When you use a chemical cleaner in your drain, it can easily damage the pipes or eat away at some older pipes. Not only do such harsh chemicals wreak havoc on your pies, but they can also be detrimental to your health. They can irritate your skin among other things.
One of the other major drawbacks to using chemical cleaners is that they often mask the main issue with your plumbing system. Occasionally, a clogged pipe is simply a symptom of a much larger problem. Perhaps your garbage disposal is not working properly, leading to grease and fibrous materials getting stuck in the pipes or maybe you have a backed up sewer line or broken pipe.
Fortunately, there are alternative ways to clear a clogged drain. In fact, baking soda and vinegar is a great way to clean a clogged drain. First pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. Then, pour a pot of cold water. If that doesn’t do the trick, try using a half-cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar. Let it sit in the drain over night, then flush it with hot water. You can also use this mixture once a month as a preventative measure against future clogs.
If the clog remains, call a professional plumber. They have all the proper tools and knowledge to safely and efficiently fix more serious clogs and plumbing issues without putting your pipes integrity or your health in jeopardy.