Chemical drain cleaners are one of the great modern conveniences that most people take for granted because they are so common and cheap.
If you have a clog that is being caused by things such as hair or grease.
All it takes to dissolve the clog is some chemical drain cleaner that you can buy at your local drug store for only a few dollars.
As helpful as chemical drain cleaners are, there are also some serious risks to using them.
Because these products are so much a part of our everyday lives, many people get lulled into a false sense of security.
However, every person who uses chemical drain cleaners should be aware of how dangerous they are, and the potential consequences for not handling them carefully. Here are some of the dangers of chemical drain cleaners that people need to be concerned about.
1. Chemical Burns
The reason you buy a chemical drain cleaner is for its ability to burn through stubborn clogs in your drain. However, the same chemicals that can dissolve tough clogs in only a matter of minutes can also severely burn you if they come into contact with your skin.
If you allow drain cleaner to touch you, the severity of the burn will vary based on the strength of the particular drain cleaner you are using and the length of time it was in contact with your skin.
Therefore, you should always wear rubber gloves whenever you use chemical drain cleaner. This will prevent any inadvertent splashes from getting on you.
2. Damage to Household Items
The power of the caustic chemicals that are contained in drain cleaners must always be respected when you are using them. Your skin is not the only thing that can be potentially harmed by these dangerous chemicals.
You also need to be careful not to accidentally splash the drain cleaner on anything within the surrounding area of the drain you are trying to unclog.
The reason for this is because chemical drain cleaners can also wreak havoc on fabrics, paint, fiberglass and wood.
3. Damage to Pipes
While chemical drain cleaners can dissolve clogs, they are capable of burning through much more than that.
If you have old plumbing in your home, you need to be particularly careful while using drain cleaners.
It is not unheard of for drain cleaners to created holes in old pipes, especially if the cleaners are used frequently.
If this happens, the clog in your drain will be the least of your worries.
Are your pipes all clogged up in your Austin home? If you're having trouble, give S & D Plumbing a call so we can get down to the root of the problem.