Many people use liquid toxic drain cleaners to clean the drain. They seem to be a quick and inexpensive solution to clogged drains. Compared to the upfront costs of the plumbing repair, liquid cleaners appear to be an inexpensive and easy option.
However, you could end up damaging your pipe or yourself by using liquid drain cleaners. We’ll explain more in this blog post.
Three reasons to avoid using toxic drain cleaners
Relying on liquid drain cleaners is not recommended. Here are three reasons you should avoid using them to unclog or clean the drain.
1. Drain cleaners can damage your pipes if used regularly
Using liquid drain cleaners can result in long-term damage to your pipes. The cleaners can remove clogs, but they can also do damage to the drains. Old pipes are particularly susceptible to damage when liquid drain cleaners are used.
Frequent use of liquid drain cleaners can eat away at metal pipes. It can create a hole in the drain pipe that will require costly and invasive repairs. You could end up with a bigger plumbing problem if you use cheap and toxic drain cleaners to remove clogs.
2. Drain cleaners are highly toxic liquids to have in your home
Certain brands of liquid drain cleaners are highly toxic. If you get in touch with the liquid, it can result in injury. The splashes of the liquid can burn the skin.
Also, they can cause irreparable damage in case they get into the eyes or are accidentally ingested. Ingestion of the liquid can prove fatal. So, it’s absolutely necessary to keep them away from pets and children, but keeping them around still means you need to store them in your home.
3. Drain cleaners are bad for the environment
Liquid drain cleaners cause damage to the environment. The liquid that remains in the bottle will end up in landfills. From there, they can seep inside the ground causing damage to the underwater reservoirs.
Even worse is using the toxic drain cleaner, which ends up in ponds, lakes, rivers, and—eventually—oceans, poisoning wildlife and fish.
Considering the environmental effects of the liquid drain cleaners, it’s recommended that you avoid using them to unclog the drain.
Your alternatives to using drain cleaners in your home
While liquid drain cleaners seem to be a quick and an inexpensive way to unclog the drains, you could end up doing major damage. There is a risk of injury in case the liquid inside the drain cleaner comes into contact with the skin or the eyes. Also, the fact that drain cleaners could cause damage to the ecology means that you should skip drain cleaners altogether.
Instead of using liquid drain cleaners, you should consider clearing the clog using a plunger. In case you are not able to clear the clog, you should consider hiring a professional plumber from Reimer. An experienced plumber will know about safe methods to clean the clog. The professional knows about safe chemicals that won’t do damage to the house plumbing.
We have experienced and certified plumbers who can expertly perform the repair work. Whether you need to install a new plumbing fixture, or require plumbing repairs, you can count on our experienced plumbers to do the job for you. Learn more about our drain cleaning services.