Why You Shouldn't Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?
Taking a shower and realizing that you're standing in water that isn't draining is not how you want to start your day. It's very tempting to take the most convenient route of dealing with a clogged drain, which is to drive to the closest store and purchase a drain cleaner.
However purchasing that drain cleaner can make more problems in the future, so before you purchase it, read below and see how it can affect you also what you should do if you have a clogged sink or shower drain.
Drain cleaners can badly affect your drain pipes
Drain cleaners are formed of acid chemicals. Getting these on your skin can be very dangerous. These chemicals combine sodium hydroxide, bleach, sodium nitrate, aluminum, and more. When these chemicals mix as they are spilled into the drain, the aluminum and sodium hydroxide mix for a reaction that produces temperatures close to boiling. The heat produces supposed to open up the clog. Simply that is too much for your drain pipes to handle.
If there's an extensive clog in your pipes, then there's potential for these chemicals to simply remain in your pipes and create further damage, particularly if you have PVC pipes or more traditional pipes with corrosion. furthermore, in case you use a different cleaning product after applying a drain cleaner, it could have a reaction with these chemicals. You should never apply a store-bought drain cleaner to unclog a toilet because it can crack the toilet bowl or splatter over your skin.
Negative effects drain cleaners have on the environment
Think about where you're draining these chemicals, through the pipes, directly into our water system and out into the lakes, rivers, oceans, and more. These containers come with multiple warning labels concerning how toxic they are. Additionally, you risking any excess in the bottles spilling out into the soil as it sits in the trash.
Drain cleaner chemicals can be harmful to you, your children, or your pets. The ingredients of drain cleaners are extremely harmful if they touch your skin or are ingested. For little children and animals, this can be a disaster. Actuality, many plumbers will ask you if you've poured drain cleaners and in case you did, they won't come to fix the problem until 24 hours have passed. They don't want to risk the drain cleaners splashing back on them while they unclogging your drain. Therefore, holding these around your loved ones isn't a great idea, either.
What should I do if I have a clogged drain
In case you have a clogged drain, consider using a less acidic way such as baking soda to try and open up the clog. If that doesn't work, contact us at (305) 676-7969 For immediate assistance.