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Don’t Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners on Clogs! Here’s Why

When you encounter a clog in a sink in your home, your first instinct is probably to reach for a plunger to solve the problem. This is a good idea, and for simple clogs it will often work—although it won’t get to the root of build-up inside the drainpipe if that’s what’s responsible for the clog. However, if the plunger doesn’t get the job done, the next step is to…

Were you tempted to say “…use liquid drain cleaner”? Be honest! We know that the way liquid drain cleaners re advertised makes it sound as if these bottle of chemicals are the obvious and best solution when it comes to clogged drains. However, no professional plumber recommends you use store-bought chemical drain cleaners. Here’s why:

They don’t do a thorough job

Liquid drain cleaners are essential a compound of acids that eat through organic and inorganic clogs. They leave behind most of the clog itself, however, so even if the drain cleaner can clear out a drain so water can flow through it again, the clog will come back soon.

They can damage the plumbing

If pouring acid down your pipes sounds like it might have some bad side effects, you’re 100% correct. These acidic chemicals will remain in your pipes for a long time afterward, eating away the pipe lining and contributing to shortening the lifespan of the plumbing system.

They are harmful for the environment

The residue inside the bottles of these chemicals is highly toxic, and it will end up in landfills where it will seep into the ground, poisoning ground water and even water lines. Plus, the bottle is just one more piece of junk tossed into the landfills.

They are harmful for you and your family

Don’t underestimate the toxicity of these drain cleaners! Not only are they poison to consume, they can hurt your skin if they splash onto it. Even the vapors from them can burn your eyes and lungs, and they are extremely dangerous to keep around the house if you have young children and pets.

So what is the best way to get rid of that tough clog if you can’t resort to using a chemical drain cleaner? Call a professional drain cleaner! Our plumbers make use of the best equipment, such as hydro-jetters, so that you have your drains thoroughly and safely cleaned.

Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. offer top-quality drain cleaning services for Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding areas.

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