26 May Why Shouldn’t You Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
Drain Cleaners May Only Make The Situation Worse
Your pipes are clogged, and you want to get rid of it ASAP, so you pour a bottle of chemical cleaner down your drain. Problem solved, right? Wrong! Very, very wrong, reader. Those chemical cleaners that we use to avoid calls to a plumber are not saving us as much as much money as we think.
Sure, sometimes we can buy a $10 bottle of drain cleaner and be done with our clog. Sometimes. However, most of the time, chemical cleaners fail to do the job, so we buy more of it until the clog finally clears. Some of us don’t realize that each bottle of cleaner slowly but surely sets us up for disaster.
Not only do chemical cleaners not do as good a job as drain augers or hydro-jetting equipment, but their use damages your pipes! These cleaners are dangerous to your home and family and should never be allowed anywhere near your lines.
Cleaners May Corrode And Damage Your Pipes
You may feel like chemical cleaners work through magic. You pour them down a drain, wait for a half-hour, rinse them with hot water, and viola, your drain is kind of, sort of clean. However, it’s not magic but chemistry that tries to clear your pipes.
No matter what form they may come in, chemical cleaners work by reacting with the organic material that most clogs are made of. This reaction creates heat and slowly dissolves the individual components of a clog. While it does this, it is also heating and dissolving the walls of your pipes.
Newer pipes do a decent job of standing up to this chemical assault but are still worn down by the solution. On the other hand, older or plastic pipes take a tremendous amount of damage from these chemicals. If the lines do not fail outright, they often form pits that allow further clogs to form.
The Use Of Drain Cleaners May Result In Noxious or Toxic Fumes
You may be wondering if a process that corrodes metal and plastic pipes is safe. It’s not. While you may be willing to sacrifice a pipe or two, not one wants to hurt their family. Yet, this may be what you’re doing if you use chemical cleaners.
As drain cleaners start dissolving organic material(and pipes), they often produce fumes. What these fumes are, no one can truthfully say as they change depending on what you’ve washed down your drain. However, they can range from being unpleasant to downright deadly, so it is safe to say that they are never good!
Your Septic Bacteria Cannot Withstand The Chemicals
As you may know, septic systems are living ecosystems of bacteria that work to process all of the waste that finds its way to them. The last thing those bacteria need is to be inundated with unknown, caustic chemicals. While a minor clog may be cleared with a drain cleaner, you can be sure that your septic system will suffer from it.
Suppose your septic system can no longer operate correctly. In that case, you are then looking at much more severe problems than a clog. You may, for example, begin to require frequent septic pumping as the dying bacteria will no longer be able to keep up with demands. Worse still, if you don’t realize that your septic tank is in trouble, you may end up finding out the moment your sewage begins bubbling up your drains.
No one wants that.
As Bad As They Are For Your Home, Cleaners Are Worse For The Environment
It goes without saying that if chemical cleaners disrupt septic tanks, then they’re terrible for the environment. If your home is on a sewer line, the chemicals you used to clean your drain will eventually find their way into the public supply.
No matter how well the water is treated, trace amounts of these chemicals are still likely to show up in someone’s drinking water. This, of course, does not include the adverse effects of any cleaners that are not disposed of properly or that end up finding their way into the environment.
Skip The Toxic Chemicals
A cheap bottle of chemical cleaner may seem like a handy solution for an unexpected drain clog, but its hidden cost lies beyond the price tag. These quick-fix bottles may work for the moment. Still, they will inevitably lead to costly repairs or even hospital bills. Instead of risking your wallet or health on one of these bottles, you’re better off having professionals cleaning your drains.
Professional plumbers like S.O.S Plumbing Rooter use equipment like drain augers or hydro-jets to effectively and safely clear out any clogs in your lines. Plumbers also inspect your home’s pipes before any work is done, thereby ensuring that they tackle all severe problems present in your system.
Don’t poison your home and family to get rid of a minor clog. Have professionals take care of it instead and save time, money, and the environment, all at the same time