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Chemical Drain Cleaners: Help or Hindrance?

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid using drain cleaners

In family life, you learn to expect the unexpected. Not everything goes exactly as planned and accidents can happen, including a clogged drain. This can come from running the wrong thing down the kitchen garbage disposal, flushing a toy down the toilet, or even a sewer backup.

Avoid Using Drain Cleaners

Your first impulse may be to grab the drain cleaner and pour it down the offending drain, but in truth this could be the worst method of busting up the clog. Most commercial drain cleaners contain caustic, acidic or oxidizing ingredients including lye or sulfuric acid which can cause damage, especially to aging metal pipes or when used improperly with plastic pipes.
Such chemicals also carry the potential for personal harm if they splash or backup. They can also cause harm to wildlife and the environment.

Safer Ways to Clean Out a Drain

Use an auger, or snake as they are also known, since they ‘snake’ down the drain until they hit a clog and then drill through the clog or nudge it loose
Try a quality plunger and air pressure to free the clogged drain
Enzymatic cleaners may be a solution, as well but require some time to work – generally up to 24 hours
Plumber – If all else fails, a qualified plumber can likely free the clog

Use Proper Cleanup Methods

In the event that the clog is caused by a backed-up toilet or sewer and it leaves you with a smelly mess, you are better off to call the water and sewage cleaning professionals in Prescott Valley, AZ, to take care of the cleanup. Things need to be dried completely and thoroughly disinfected in order to prevent bacteria or black mold growth from complicating the situation.

The chemicals used in a drain cleaner can be powerful and highly affective, but can have many adverse consequences that may not be worth dealing with. Try the other methods to free up a clogged drain and get the help you need to restore a clean and healthy home.

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