Why you Shouldn’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Why You Shouldn’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

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Don’t listen to the lies the chemical drain cleaners on the shelves tell you. They will promise that they will make your blockages a thing of the past and have your pipes flowing freely again. Chemical drain cleaners are nothing more than a band-aid solution on a larger problem, though and could cause more harm than good. We’ll give you 4 reason why you should stay away from chemical drain cleaners and call a plumber instead.

1. Drain Cleaners Contain Toxic Chemicals

The toxicity levels in chemical drain cleaners is very high and this is especially true of the off brand and inexpensive varieties. Chemical drain cleaners put off fumes that are harmful if inhaled and will burn your nose, eyes, and skin. The fumes will hang around long after the chemical is used also.

2. Chemical Drain Cleaners Can Damage Your Pipes

Chemical drain cleaners have to be strong enough to dissolve hair and other blockages which means that the chemicals in them are strong enough to harm your pipes also. The main ingredient in most chemical drain cleaners is hydrochloric acid which can damage your pipe while it sits in them to remove the blockage but will also damage expensive finishes on your bathroom fixtures such as enamel.

3. Chemical Drain Cleaners Harm the Environment

Leftover chemicals in bottles often end up in landfills where they can seep into the ground harming wildlife and contaminating water sources. If you are on a septic system and use chemical drain cleaners you could be introducing harmful chemicals to the groundwater source that you rely on.

4. Drain Cleaners Aren’t Guaranteed to Work

If your pipe blockage is caused by something that a chemical drain cleaner isn’t capable of fixing then that means you’ll have wasted money and now have gallons of toxic chemicals sitting in your pipes. When you end up calling a plumber they will have to figure out a way to dispose of the chemicals and cost you extra time in labor. The next time you have a back up call a plumber and get the job done right.

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