Why It's Unsafe to Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

Why It's Unsafe to Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

You want a quick and easy fix for that drainage issue in the bathroom sink, so you go to the nearest home improvement or home goods store. You grab a low-cost drain cleaning solution from the shelf and hope it works. We understand that no one wants to call a plumber if it’s unnecessary. But this simply is not the right way to go.

The Chemicals in Drain Cleaners Are Dangerous

First and foremost, we want to tell you just how toxic these chemicals are. It’s one of the most dangerous products available on shelves, and you should never keep it anywhere children or pets are within reach due to potential injury to skin and eyes.

In addition, they’re bad for the pipes. They can slowly wear down the lining of your piping, reducing the lifespan of your plumbing.

Chemical Drain Cleaners May Not Work

Another problem is that these chemical drain cleaners often just don’t work. They can only dissolve certain organic compounds while leaving others behind. Often, they only push clogs further along in the drainpipes, which means that you will have to deal with a much bigger clog later on.

There May Be a Better Choice

If you could avoid using toxic chemicals for a drain clog, wouldn’t you? We always recommend trying a sink plunger first. Keep in mind, however, that if the clog is far enough in the drain line to affect multiple sinks in the house, this won’t work, and you will need to call in a professional plumber.

Looking for an easy drain cleaner for a small clog near the drain opening? Consider a simple combination: baking soda and vinegar. Pour some baking soda in the drain and follow it up with some vinegar for drains that run more smoothly (or if you’re having problems with odors in the drains).

Call Continental Plumbing Services, LLC for professional drain cleaning in New Port Richey, FL.

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