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Can You Clear a Clogged Drain with Chemicals?

faucet-bathroom-waterWhen you go to the store to find a solution for clogged drains, the easiest solution you’ll find will be a jug of chemical cleaning solution. These are marketed towards homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain that has slowed or stopped, especially a bathroom drain that may be stopped up with hair. Yet, any plumber is likely to warn you against using this.

Are chemical drain cleaners truly the best solution for your clogged drains? Find out why we think most other products and services are a much better fit. It may seem like the easy way out, but looks can be deceiving!

Most chemicals can only dissolve some sources of clogs

The first thing you should know is that those chemicals are only formulated to deserve some, but not all, common sources of drain clogs. Most are good at dissolving hair, for example. But grease and grime, food particles, and other blockages might not make the cut.

The problem could even get worse

In fact, some of those particles that the chemicals are not able to dissolve may only get pushed farther along in the drain line. That’s one of the ways you can end up with clogs deep along in the sewer line that require professional tools and equipment to remove. All that leftover greasy residue gets pushed down so that additional debris can collect and form a large blockade.

There are other side effects to chemical drain cleaners

Besides the fact that they may not resolve your drain clogging issues, chemical drain cleaners do have other side effects. First, they are extremely toxic to humans and pets. They can cause injury to the skin and eyes (which is why you absolutely must keep them out of reach of the little ones.

Second, they can actually damage the lining of the drain pipes. We’ve seen it firsthand! That means potentially premature replacement of your drain pipes, something you definitely want to avoid.

Some drain cleaners are far safer for your home and family

There are other natural easy drain cleaners that won’t harm your pipes! Our favorite way to quickly clean the opening of a drain is to use a bit of baking soda and vinegar. First, add ½ cup of baking soda to the drains. Follow that up with a cup of vinegar and wait 15-30 minutes. Then, wash all that down with a pot of boiling water. This might do the trick!

Professionals have the tools for the tough jobs

For the toughest of drain clogs, liquids and chemicals simply won’t do the trick. A high-pressure hose may be best to clear out the drains, something known as hydro jetting. And while you might be able to use a small drain snake at home, professional drain augers are best for clogs deep along in the sewer lines. A professional plumber will also be able to maneuver the auger properly and make sure the pipes remain safe and sound.

When you have a clogged drain in Buhl, ID, get in touch with the professionals at Evans Plumbing Inc. Call us today!

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