Like many Denver, Colorado homeowners confronted with a slowly draining sink or shower, you may turn to chemical drain cleaners from the big box stores. However, chemical drain cleaners can do more harm than good! Before you damage your pipes and risk your health, read the three reasons you should think twice before using chemical drain cleaners.
Drain Cleaners Are Toxic to You and the Water Supply
Because they are caustic and toxic, you should never use chemical drain cleaners without wearing gloves, safety glasses, and protective clothing while handling the bottle. You should also ensure the room is well ventilated. The fumes released by the drain cleaners will irritate and even burn your nose and lungs. For safety reasons, you may consider avoiding chemical drain cleaners altogether.
In addition, chemical drain cleaners are harmful to the environment. Empty bottles of drain cleaner end up in landfills, where the chemical residue can enter the water supply and poison wildlife.
Drain Cleaners Damage Your Plumbing
Drain cleaners sometimes contain acids, which can eat away at your pipes and expensive plumbing fixtures if used in a high enough concentration. While you may think the cleaner is doing its job, it might actually soften the plastic in PVC piping. Acids also react with stainless steel, aluminum chrome, and galvanized steel.
Lye is another drain cleaning agent that is more PVC friendly. It quickly reacts with fats and grease to bust up clogs. In high enough concentrations though, lye can also damage your PVC piping. It is extremely corrosive to certain metals. With repeated use, drain cleaners can also leave behind residue that cause more clogs in the future.
Drain Cleaners Don’t Work Well
Chemical drain cleaners will only work for certain types of clogs. If you have a clog in your sewer line, drain cleaners won’t address the main problem.
The next time you have a clogged drain, skip the chemical drain cleaner and call the trained professionals at Go Direct: 303-288-0039. We can safely clear any blockages without damaging your pipes or adding toxic chemicals to your home.