Beware of Double-Edged Plumbing: The Dangers of Liquid Drain Cleaners

chemical-drain-cleanersSlow or clogged drains are one of the most common and inevitable household nightmares that can be solved by liquid drain cleaners. These quick plumbing solutions come relatively cheap and are sold widespread. However, even if they manage to unclog the build-up, plumbers consider them as doubled-edged, instead of being completely helpful.

Here are some of the must-know side effects and dangers of using liquid drain cleaners:

  • Corrosive Nature

Liquid drainers are made up of caustic chemicals capable of dissolving soft clogs like hair or grease. But these very qualities that make them effective are also harmful. These chemicals are lodged in the drain lines which can eat away and damage your pipes regardless of the material they are made of – be it cast iron, steel or copper. Several plumbing problems will arise by the time these pipes develop holes.

Drain cleaners can also affect the toilets. The bowl, which stagnates any chemical put in it for some time, could be damaged in the long run.

  • Risky to Handle

Since these substances can corrode metal, they sure can cause potential harm to you if mishandled. If they spill or splash on your skin, they can cause serious burns.  Further, they should be stored cautiously away from children and pets since the ingestion of these toxins is fatal.

  • Cannot Remove Deep, Stubborn Clogs

Deeps clogs may not be thoroughly removed with drain cleaners, despite its caustic components. You may have to manually unclog the sink. If the chemicals get lodged in the pipes behind a stubborn clog, the tendency is that your unclogging efforts will trigger these chemicals to splash back onto your face or even in your face.

  • Harms the Environment

Just like the other toxic substances, the chemicals from the drain cleaners can cause environmental concerns. They can kill the beneficial bacteria that feed on the wastes of the septic system and may leak into the soil and water.

Clearing and unclogging your drains need not to be filled with risks. The use of enzymatic drain cleaners may be recommended since they are friendly to the septic bacteria and they do not contain toxic chemicals. You can also make a home remedy by making a baking soda and vinegar solution or simply use handy plumbing tools such as the plunger and dry snake.

In case of major plumbing issues, do not hesitate to seek the help from a professional plumber. Do not skimp by doing everything by yourself. Instead of saving your finances, you may have worsened the problem and have driven your repair costs higher.