No one likes discovering that their drain is clogged. An immediate and easy alternative is often to use a liquid drain cleaner. However, there are several harmful affects of using liquid drain cleaners and are therefore best to be avoided. In this week’s blog, we discuss the top three reasons why you shouldn’t use liquid drain cleaners.
1) Harmful to your health
Liquid drain cleaners can be potentially hazardous to your health. The fumes from liquid drain cleans can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. While drain cleaners vary from product to product, some can cause burns when put into contact with your skin. Or if the drainer accidentally gets into your eyes, the consequences are even worse. That’s why it’s essential to wear protective eye goggles if you choose to use a liquid drain cleaner. However, the best option for your safety is to avoid them altogether.
2) Liquid drain cleaners can damage your pipes
Another downside of liquid drain cleaners is that they can damage your pipes. Liquid drain cleaners typically work by creating a chemical reaction inside the drain pipe. Often this is with the assistance of hydrochloric acid. These chemical reactions usually produce heat, which can produce irreversible damage to the pipe. If the pipe is plastic, the heat will be potentially destructive, melting and damaging the material. While metal pipes are stronger, the heat produced by liquid drain cleaners can still weaken the metal, creating cracks and leaks in the future.
3) Liquid drain cleaners can be ineffective
Although liquid drain cleaners seem like an easy option, their effectiveness is not ensured. If your drain is clogged due to a grease buildup or hairball, then a drain cleaner won’t even be helpful.
The benefit of a plumber is that they can identify exactly why the drain is clogged and then take the appropriate steps to unclog it. At JPG Plumbing, we offer a high-quality, efficient and expert service. Our fully licensed plumbers are qualified to solve all your plumbing issues. Call us at 0400 978 442 for all your plumbing needs.