What You Need to Know About Chemical Drain Cleaners

What You Need to Know About Chemical Drain Cleaners

There are many household projects that it’s a great idea to DIY, but when it comes to plumbing, it’s usually best to contact a professional. One of these projects is drain cleaning. While it may be tempting to just pick up a bottle of chemical drain cleaner to unclog a sink or tub drain, this approach will probably cause more harm than good in the long run. Not only are these products made from extremely corrosive and dangerous chemicals that are hazardous both to people and the planet, they may also actually end up harming your plumbing system and costing you more money down the line.

Is Drain Cleaner Bad for Your Pipes?
While it is legal to pour chemical drain cleaners down your drain for the purpose of dissolving clogs, did you know that it’s illegal to dispose of them in any other way? Chemical drain cleaners are considered hazardous waste and can poison plants, animals, people, and water systems like streams, lakes, and rivers. This begs the question – is this really safe?

In addition to being highly toxic, chemical drain cleaners can also cause damage to your home’s plumbing system with repeated use. Because they are corrosive solutions, they will dissolve hair, food, and other debris that can clog pipes – but they will also dissolve the interior walls of your pipes as well. If you have PVC pipes or older pipes in your home, this corrosion can weaken your pipes and lead to leaks, pipe bursts, and more. Drain cleaners can also corrode aluminum, stainless steel, and porcelain bathroom fixtures if you aren’t careful pouring them down the drain. And to top it all off, chemical drain cleaners give off noxious fumes that are terrible to breathe in. All things considered, why even bother? If you have a clogged drain, call on a professional.

Call The Eco Plumbers for Eco-Friendly Drain Cleaning
The Columbus drain cleaning professionals at The Eco Plumbers recommend only all-natural solutions to keep your drains healthy. Unlike harsh cleaning chemicals, microbial and enzyme products do not degrade the pipes that they are used upon. Destroying grease, odor, and organic stains, the bacteria and enzymes in Eco Plumbers’ Mother Nature Septic Products eliminate a wide range of undesirable substances. On your next service call, ask The Eco Plumbers about all-natural preventative maintenance of your pipes.

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