When you find yourself with a clogged pipe, reaching for a chemical drain cleaner may be your first choice. But before you reach for the chemical drain cleaner, consider these reasons to avoid using them on your pipes.
Dangerous to Your Health
It should come as no surprise that these cleaners are highly toxic. With that said, these cleaners can be dangerous to your health. When used, these cleaners can produce hazardous fumes. These fumes can linger for hours. This may cause irritation to your eyes, nose, throat, skin and even your lungs. Pets are also vulnerable to these toxic fumes. In addition, these toxins can end up in landfills and water supplies.
Damage to Your Pipes
The chemicals that go into creating these cleaners can damage your pipes. It is common to find hydrochloric acid in these cleaners, which can slowly eat away at your pipes. In addition, these cleaners can damage the enamel on sinks and bathtubs. Even more damage! Just from using these cleaners could bring you additional costs to fix these damages. Using these chemical-based cleaners to open up a minor clog can quickly become a costly emergency.
Impact to the Environment
These chemicals can end up in landfills and our water-supply. Not only does this cause harm to us, but also wildlife and our environment. Toxins can seep through the soil and eventually end up in bodies of water. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly solution to attack clogs, try using a simple solution of baking soda and water.
Damaging Septic Systems
Septic tanks contain natural bacteria which assist in the process of breaking down water. Another disadvantage of chemical-based cleaners is that they kill off these natural bacteria found in your septic tank. This, in return, makes your septic system less effective. Over time, the use of these cleaners could damage your entire septic system.
The Professionals are Ready for You!
If you’re looking to avoid using these harmful chemicals, the professionals at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric are here for you. Our skillful team can assist you with minor clogs. We only bring the best to our team, as everyone is background checked and drug tested. If you are ready for the best, schedule your next appointment today!