Why We Hate Chemical Drain Cleaners (and So Should You)

We’ve talked about drain cleaners a lot in our different blogs. Usually, we cover what you should be using to clean your clogged sinks and dirty drains if you don’t just call your local professional plumber. In every article, we tell you not to use chemical drain cleaners when your sink refuses to clear out. But why? What’s so bad about these Home Depot or Walmart clog-clearing chemicals? That’s what we’re going to discuss this month.

someone pouring liquid drain cleaner into a sink drain

The Serious Risks of Drain Cleaners

There are a bunch of reasons why you should stay away from liquid drain cleaners. First, the harsh chemicals can cause serious chaos in your plumbing. Not only can they cause your pipes to warp or corrode, the chemical residue can eat away at your sink or toilet. This type of damage can be extensive, especially if you have to replace a toilet – or worse, a pipe bursts.

person unclogging a sink with a plunger

In addition, drain cleaners are bad for you and bad for the environment. The toxic chemicals can be hazardous to your health without proper ventilation or if it gets on your skin. And all the toxic chemicals that can endanger you will also hurt the environment once they get rid of your clog. Protect yourself and the Brevard waterways by calling a professional instead!

The Cost of Fighting Clogs with Chemicals

The long-term damage that liquid drain cleaners is no fun – and not just because of the headache it causes. The corrosion in your pipes can cause significant water damage if a pipe bursts or begins leaking. Water damage remediation, mold remediation, and plumbing repairs of a burst pipe are expensive! In addition, the leftover solution that sits on your sink, toilet, or bathtub can eat away at the fixture, and over time you’ll have to replace it. All in all, drain cleaners are often more expensive than a professional plumber service call to fix the same problem.

Great Alternatives for Fixing a Slow Drain or Clog

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There are many at-home remedies that you can try out to fix your slow drain, clear a clog, or just clean your pipes. Vinegar and baking soda is a favorite for homeowners across America. In addition, you can use a plunger to try and dislodge your clog, sending it on its way to the sewer. A DIY drain snakes are available at your local Home Depot, and these are often a fast and easy solution for gross shower clogs.

If you have tried your at-home solutions (or just don’t want to bother with it), an expert plumber is always just a phone call away. At Anchor Plumbing in Brevard County, we deal with bad drains all the time – but we offer safer, faster, and more effective solutions than any commercial drain cleaner. Give us a call next time you’re struggling with your shower or sink, and we’ll have you set right in no time!

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