We’ve all been there, faced with a clogged drain, wondering what to do next. For some, liquid drain cleaner is the next step. But should it be? The name itself liquid drain cleaner sounds like a miracle worker. However, as with most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, are liquid drain cleaners safe? Here is what you need to know about liquid drain cleaners.
One of the biggest problems with liquid drain cleaners is that they don’t work for all clogs. Clogs can be caused for a variety of reasons; hair, toilet paper, a foreign object, tree roots, a sewer clog, etc… Before you attempt to clear a clog, it is best to know what the source of the clog is. Liquid drain cleaner will work on organic matter like hair, but for more serious clogs like tree roots, its use will be obsolete. Instead of wasting money on a treatment, that may or may not work, you need to get to the root of the problem (pun intended). In addition, for serious clogs recurring clogs, you may find a little relief from liquid drain cleaner, however it is simply putting a band-aid on the problem. Don’t treat the symptoms, find the cause and make the necessary repairs for long lasting relief.
That’s right, liquid drain cleaners can do more damage than good depending on what kind of plumbing you have. Do you know what your pipes are made of? We are willing to bet that a lot of people don’t give much thought to what their pipes are made of. While most newer constructions have PVC pipes, older homes may have galvanized steel or cast iron. In which case, the abrasive nature of liquid drain cleaner can cause corrosion and eat through your pipes. If questioning the safety of Liquid drain cleaners for your plumbing, always proceed with caution. Know how your plumbing will react to the chemicals before use.
One major concern when thinking about the safety of liquid drain cleaners is whether it is toxic. Liquid drain cleaners are made of harmful, dangerous chemicals that if ingested, inhaled, or comes in contact with skin can be very harmful. Children and pets are of particular concern when it comes to the use of liquid drain cleaners. As with all dangerous chemicals, liquid drain cleaners should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Liquid drain cleaners aren’t just dangerous for your health and your plumbing, but they are also bad for the environment. The harmful chemicals in liquid drain cleaners can pollute our lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and oceans, and even seep into the ground. It is important to consider that anything that goes down the drain, has the potential to end up in one of our water sources. Always be mindful of what goes down the drain.
Aren’t convinced liquid drain cleaners are safe? You don’t have to suffer through a clogged drain, there are other options.
Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to plumbing repairs. While liquid drain cleaners seem like a good solution, they can really cause more harm than good. For more plumbing tips or to schedule service, contact Rooter Hero today!