Should I use drain cleaning solutions to unclog my drain?

Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain

 

Little Rock PlumberMany people are quick to jump on the chemical cleanser bandwagon; it’s less of a hassle and it provides you the opportunity to simply “set it and forget it”. Why wouldn’t you want to use chemical cleaners? Well, things aren’t always as they seem when it comes to chemical cleaners.

For starters, there’s the problem of ventilation. Many chemical cleaning agents emit harsh fumes that can cause dizziness, nausea, confusion and in severe cases, even death. Also, these chemicals are meant to be fairly corrosive in order to dissolve the clog – getting them on your skin and clothes will ensure that a clogged drain will be the least of your worries. This typically happens after a chemical agent has had time to sit but doesn’t resolve the problem and the homeowner tries plunging it. Back-splash occurs and the chemical is now flying through the air towards the eyes, mouth, nostrils, etc. To put it bluntly: it’s an accident waiting to happen.

Do you know how old your drain pipes are? What their condition is? The average homeowner doesn’t have the answer to these questions and many different brands of cleaning agents can corrode your plumbing pipes leaving you with a bigger and more expensive mess on your hands than you ever imagined. The financial loss caused by that problem can become exponential if the clog is on the second story.

If you want to fix the problem yourself, that’s great; but using toxic chemicals is not the way to go about it. People often want a quick and easy fix for their problems these days but the fact of the matter is that safety and quality should always take precedence over speed. A plumber’s snake, plunger, gloves, a wrench and some elbow grease, will not only keep money in your wallet, but it will also help to keep you safe and out of harm’s way. Good luck and happy plumbing!

Dealing with a bothersome clog in your Little Rock home? Call Arrow Plumbing today at (501) 588-3200 for immediate solutions!

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