So you’ve got a pesky clog in your sink or shower drain. How obnoxious.
But rather than call a plumber, you may be tempted to try to resolve the
issue yourself. That’s fine—there are many different ways
to do so. However, it’s strongly advised you think twice before
purchasing a liquid drain cleaner. While these solutions may appear to
be great when standing in the plumbing aisle at your local home improvement
store, what you may not realize is just how much these solutions can cost
in the long run.
Chemical Damage to Your Pipes
The average drain cleaner is a nasty concoction of chemicals that are designed
to “eat away” at the clog in your drain in order to dislodge
it and allow it to flow away, thus getting rid of the problem. In theory,
this is smart, but what most people don’t realize is that the clog
isn’t the only thing a drain cleaner eats away at. Your pipes themselves
will also start to degrade from these chemicals, and older pipes, such
as cast iron, are even more susceptible to this damage. Even if you have
fresh, new copper pipes that are just a few years old, you could be doing
immense damage to them with a drain cleaner.
Dangerous to Use
The chemical combinations found in liquid drain cleaners are actually dangerous
and can be harmful if you come into contact with them. These substances
are extremely corrosive, and even a slight contact on bare skin can result
in serious, painful chemical burns. But what’s worse is that the
fumes these chemicals put off can also be harmful to your health if you
breathe them in. This means you’ll need to wear latex gloves, eye
protection, and even breathing protection in order to give yourself the
best chance at safety.
A liquid drain cleaner may get your sink flowing again smoothly, but did
it actually solve the problem? You could find that within just a few weeks
or even just a few days, the clog has returned and you have a slow or
backed-up drain yet again. This is because the chemical cleaner didn’t
remove the whole problem, just made a large enough gap in the clog to
alleviate the pressure temporarily.
Furthermore, what if you have a problem further down, such as in your main
sewer line? These chemicals aren’t strong enough to remove giant
clogs, especially ones located hundreds of feet further away from your
sink. You’ll need a sewer line clearing service to effectively remove
these issues, and instead the whole time your drain cleaner will sit in
your plumbing and eat away at your pipes.
The best way to clear away a clog is to have your drain snaked by an experienced
Bartlett plumber. Call Smith’s Plumbing Services today at (901)
schedule an appointment!