There are few nightmarish homeowner situations worse than a clogged drain. One of the easiest solutions for this problem is a chemical drain cleaner, but did you know that these toxins can do far more harm to your plumbing than good?
How Chemicals Harm Your Pipes
Chemical drain cleaners are available in liquid, gel, foam, crystal, and powder but they all work in the same way. When you pour the drain cleaner down your sink or bathtub, the chemicals react with the clog and cause a chemical reaction that generates heat. This heat helps to dissolve the clog or liquify it so that it can slide down your drain. Unfortunately, that heat doesn’t just affect the clog; it also works on the pipes especially if they are made of plastic or an older metal.
So while this type of drain cleaner seems like the easy and convenient option at the moment, remember the problems it will cause in the future.
What are my alternatives?
There are several options to choose from the next time you have a clogged drain.
Vinegar and Baking Soda - The vinegar is an acidic chemical, and baking soda is a natural cleansing product. Mix these two ingredients over the clogged drain. The mixture will fizz. Let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, flush the drain with hot water.
Hot Water and Dish Soap - Boil some hot water and mix in a few tablespoons of dish soap. Then slowly pour the mixture down the drain. The hot water will help to liquefy the clog, and the soap will help it to slide down the drain.
How We Can Help
If the homemade remedies don’t do the trick, don't reach for the easy chemical cleaner. It's time to ditch the DIY efforts and pick up the phone and call your local drain experts.
At S&D Plumbing all of our plumbers are experts at unclogging drains, no matter how stubborn it is. We offer emergency drain cleaning, upfront pricing, and 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Don’t hesitate to call us the next time you have a clogged drain.