There are many household projects that it’s a great idea to DIY, but when it comes to plumbing, it’s usually best to contact a professional. One of these projects is drain cleaning. While it may be tempting to just pick up a bottle of chemical drain cleaner to unclog a sink or tub drain, this approach will probably cause more harm than good in the long run.
Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Bad for Your Pipes?
• Chemical drain cleaners are considered hazardous waste and can poison plants, animals, people, and water systems like streams, lakes, and rivers. This begs the question – is this really safe?
• In addition to being highly toxic, chemical drain cleaners can also cause damage to your home’s plumbing system with repeated use. Because they are corrosive solutions, they will dissolve hair, food, and other debris that can clog pipes – but they will also dissolve the interior walls of your pipes as well.
• Drain cleaners can also corrode aluminum, stainless steel, and porcelain bathroom fixtures if you aren’t careful pouring them down the drain.
• And to top it all off, chemical drain cleaners give off noxious fumes that are terrible to breathe in. All things considered, why even bother? If you have a clogged drain, call on a professional Roberts Plumbing, Inc.!