Liquid Cleaners: NOT The Go-To Solution for Clogged Drains

hair drainWhen it comes to clogged drains, you may think that calling a plumber need not be your first reaction. Why bother dialing when all you really need is a bottle of commercial liquid drain cleaner, right? After all, it’s cheaper and requires less effort; so why bother with the professionals?

Sure, a bottle of cleaner is the obvious, quick-fix solution, but it’s not THE solution.
There are numerous reasons why calling a local plumbing service in Denver is way better than depending on a bottle of drain cleaner. Liquid drain cleaners seem like your best friends, but these are the primary culprits behind damaged pipes and some health problems, too.

Remember the Pipes

Most liquid drain cleaners contain hydrochloric acid, which encourages chemical reactions within the drain pipe. The reactions result in heat generation; if the heat is too much, the pipe may suffer irreversible damages. It’s also true if the cleaner fails to do a complete job of dissolving the clog; the liquid chemicals just sit on top of the clog while the rest of the reaction affects small sections of the pipe.

Heat is also the biggest enemy of plastic pipes, as raised temperatures could partially melt and deform the pipe’s surfaces. In a similar way, the cleaner can also cause damage to rubber washers and other material that are designed to keep pipes sealed. Metal pipes are more resistant to heat, but heat also weakens the material, which may cause it to eventually crack and form leaks.

Keep your Family Safe

If drain chemicals are harmful to both metal and plastic pipes, just imagine the adverse effects these can have on human health. Would you want to expose yourself and your loved ones to this possibility?

Though drain formulas vary in chemical composition, most of these cause burns, especially if you get them on your skin. In even wore scenarios, some people accidentally get these formulas in their eyes, a situation which could result in blindness. If you must use drain formula, it is always a good idea to wear safety goggles. Additionally, the risks associated with drain cleaner poisoning, by accidental ingestion or inhalation, are likewise very real.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Even if the cleaner doesn’t damage your pipes or affect your health, there is no guarantee the cleaner will be completely effective. If the clog is due to grease buildup or a hairball, drain cleaners are unlikely helpful.

Rather than waste your money, it’s best to call a plumber to clean the mess and diagnose the clog. Don’t just settle for regular cleaners. Done Plumbing and Heating is here to help with all of your clogged drain problems. Call us today and say goodbye to clogged drains and drain cleaners.