5 Reasons You Should Never Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

5 Reasons You Should Never Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

When you have a clogged drain, you want it fixed as soon as possible so you can get back to your normal routine. It’s usually convenient to make a run to the store and buy a liquid drain cleaner. These products boast fast cleaning power, which is true, but using a chemical drain cleaner can come at a cost to you.

Here are five reasons to never use chemical drain cleaners on your clogged drains.

1 – They Can Damage Your Pipes

The caustic chemicals in liquid drain cleaners can erode your pipes, potentially creating leaks. If your drain is completely clogged, the chemicals will sit in your piping, eating way the pipes as they also eat away the blockage. These chemicals can eat away at:

  • Galvanized Steel
  • PVC
  • Iron Pipes
  • Fixtures
  • Copper

2 – Dangerous Toxicity

A majority of chemical cleaners include:

  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Sodium Hydroxide

These ingredients can cause serious injury if mishandled. Eye exposure can lead to vision loss and if ingested, these cleaners can result in death. Fumes from these products can irritate your eyes and nose. This irritation can occur even after you have used the cleaner, as fumes and residue tend to linger.

3 – A Threat To The Environment

Cleaning chemicals can be hazardous to the environment. If improperly cleaned or not recycled, leftover drain cleaning liquid in used bottles can be discarded into landfills. When this happens, the remaining cleaner can be introduced into water systems, acting as a poison to plants and animals.

4 – Hazardous To Children

As mentioned above, the chemical drain cleaners pose threats to anyone, but it definitely may not be worth the risk of bringing them into your home if you have children. These bottles are often brightly colored and may be attractive to small children who may get the harmful liquid on their skin, or worse, consume this deadly cleaning cocktail.

When you use these products, take care to store them in hard to access cabinets, somewhere far out of the reach of a curious child. The best way to avoid chemical exposures to your children is to simply not use liquid drain cleaners at all.

5 – May Not Be Effective

Your drain clog may be the result of damaged pipes or sewer line issues and pouring down a cleaning agent certainly won’t solve these problems. This is why professional cleaning should always be preferred, as an expert plumber will be able to accurately assess your problem so that the correct solution can be implemented.

The better alternative to using chemical cleaners, risking damage to your body, plumbing system and the environment, is to call a professional plumber at Allstar Home Services at (909) 219-9704 to handle your drain clogs. Our experienced plumbers will be able to unclog your drains without damaging your pipes or putting your family at risk.


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