Are Drain Cleaners Safe for Plumbing

When your sink or tub begins to clog, instead of calling for local plumbing services, most people head to the store for chemical drain cleaner. Although these products may help with solving a clogged drain, there are many reasons why we don’t endorse pouring chemicals down your drain opening. Learning about the reasons why chemical drain cleaners are a dangerous option could help save your pipes and save you money.

Drain Cleaners will Damage Your Pipes

Think about the question this way. Drain cleaners were designed with the purpose to dissolve drain clogs. By the time your sink or tub has developed a clog the issue is going to require quite some power to resolve. These cleaners are designed to be strong and eat quickly through:

  • Grease,
  • Hair,
  • And other particles that may form clogs in your sink.

While these cleaners will most likely get the job done, when used over and over again, they will eventually begin to cause some problems in your plumbing. We suggest that if the clog begins to form again after you have tried the drain cleaning method that you contact a licensed Carrollton plumber to come out and examine the issue.

The Health of Your Household is at Risk

Drain cleaners are absolutely capable of harming you instantly. These products are created with strong acids and lye. By swallowing or even breathing in these chemicals you are putting your health at serious risk for drain cleaner poisoning. Also, exposure to the skin and eyes can result in:

  • Burning,
  • Severe pain,
  • And vision loss.

If you do come in contact with drain cleaner please seek immediate medical help. If chemicals are swallowed, give the person an immediate glass of water or milk. Do this unless the person is:

  • Vomiting,
  • Suffering from convulsions,
  • Or has decreased alertness.

Chemicals are Dangerous to the Environment

Drain cleaners are classified as hazardous waste when they are in use. Not only does this make this product non-recyclable, but it also creates a huge environmental risk to those that use these products. Keep in mind that although you are pouring the chemicals down a drain, it can possibly make its way into your local wildlife and bodies of water.

Natural Alternatives Are a Great Idea

If you have a clogged pipe, there are some other alternatives you can try before calling the issue a plumbing emergency. One option that we found as a great and safe DIY remedy is 16 oz. of baking soda mixed with 16 oz. of vinegar. By letting this concoction sit in the drain overnight, your problem should eventually be cleared up.

Damage Your Plumbing with Drain Cleaner? Plumbing Dynamics can Help!

Having a clogged drain can be a real problem. However, you could avoid further plumbing repairs by just saying “no” to chemical drain cleaners altogether. If you think you have already damaged your pipes due to chemical use, get in touch with Plumbing Dynamics today. Our expert plumbers will be able to help you find the root of your problem and its affordable solution. Contact us today to learn more about our services.