When your sink or bathtub starts draining slowly, it’s tempting to reach for a convenient chemical cleaner. However, putting these substances down your drains can negatively impact your pipes, while only addressing one source of the issue. Below, learn about the downsides of these substances and why you’re better off calling a plumber.
Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
1. Dangerous to Use
Not only should these chemicals not be breathed in on their own, but they can also combine with other solutions in the drain, creating toxic fumes. Always wear gloves when using these solutions to avoid contact with your skin. Additionally, they can be harmful to the planet if they enter the wrong channels after combining with the wastewater supply.
2. Only Addresses One Potential Problem
Chemical drain cleaners are designed to break down common blockage materials, such as grease, hair, and soap scum. However, a drain clog can originate for many reasons, such as tree roots in the sewer line, or a broken pipe further down the drain. A chemical agent won’t do anything to fix these issues, and you’re better off having a plumber diagnose the problem.
3. Pipe Damage
The same chemical action that breaks down the blockage can also corrode the walls of your plumbing. If you use these unclogging agents too often, you put your home at risk of a burst pipe, which can damage floors, walls, and ceilings.
Whether your drain is clogged or your toilet is leaking, turn to the professionals at Don’s Plumbing in Canyon Lake, TX. With more than 30 years of experience, they emphasize three P’s in their business: prompt, professional, and proactive service. To schedule an appointment with one of their plumbers or ask about their senior and military discounts, call (830) 964-4477. You can also visit their website to view all their offerings.