When homeowners encounter a slow or clogged drain, contacting a licensed plumber may not be their initial reaction.
Instead, they might opt to use a bottle of commercial liquid drain cleaner since it is cheaper and requires less work. However, liquid drain cleaners can cause a variety of problems.
The following are things to consider when using liquid drain cleaners for your home’s piping system:
- Pipe damage. Liquid drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction within your drain pipe with the help of hydrochloric acid. Heat is generated by these reactions, which can cause significant damage to the pipe itself. While metal pipes are more resilient, the heat can weaken them and cause cracks and leaks to form down the line.
- Bad for your health. The fumes released from liquid drain cleaners may irritate the eyes, nose, lungs, and throat. While not all formulas are the same, some might even cause burns upon skin contact.
- Not getting your money’s worth. Drain cleaners are not guaranteed to be effective. If your clog is caused by anything other than a grease buildup or hairball, liquid drain cleaner can’t help.
If you are experiencing a blockage or a clog in your drain, it is best to contact a licensed plumber to resolve the issue once and for all. With more than a decade of experience, our licensed Bartlett plumbers at Smith’s Plumbing Services are ready to inspect your drains, determine what is causing the blockage, and make the necessary repairs at an affordable rate. Do not hesitate to get our help, so we can help get back your peace of mind.