Are chemical drain cleaners safe?

Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain

 

There are a number of different reasons that a drain can be clogged. Many people automatically assume that they should go to the hardware store and purchase drain cleaner when they’re experiencing a clog. Drain cleaners carry a number of disadvantages and hazards when considering them for a cleaning.

The single biggest reason not to use a drain cleaner is because it often doesn’t fix the problem. Clogged drains can be caused by a number of different things. The pipes themselves may need fixing, for example. A lot of people prefer the ease of going to the store to buy drain cleaner. After time, they may realize that they are going to the store to buy drain cleaner more and more because the problem isn’t being rectified. Drain cleaners can have a serious erosion effect on pipes. This depends on what the pipes are made out of. Steel pipes have a tendency to erode relatively quickly over the years when certain bleach-based cleaners are used on them.

Most drain cleaners are bleach based. This can cause a number of health problems in individuals who are sensitive to bleach or any of the other abrasive chemicals used in commercial drain cleaners. These drain cleaners are especially irritating to people who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma. They can also very bad for the environment. There are some organic cleaners on the market, but these are often even less effective than the chemical based drain cleaners.

If you are experiencing serious clogs that seem to go on regularly, your best bet is to avoid using drain cleaner because it isn’t going to rectify the problem. It may even cause more expensive problems over time. The best thing that you can do in this situation is call a plumber. Plumbers are fully trained to identify and fix the problem immediately.

Dealing with a clogged drain in the Little Rock area? Contact Arrow Plumbing at(501) 588-3200 and schedule a service call today!

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