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Is Drain Cleaner Bad for Your Drains?

Posted on: June 29, 2016

You wake up in the morning and head into the bathroom. The first thing you grab is your toothbrush. You turn on the water. In your bleary-eyed state you realize that the water isn’t draining from your sink. Before you reach for the bottle of drain cleaner, make sure you understand what you are doing to your pipes.

Do you live in the Chicago area and need help today? Call 866-350-4793 to speak with the experts at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical.

The Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners may clear away the clog, but at what cost? If you have to turn to the bottle of drain cleaner on a regular basis, you may actually be weakening and damaging your pipes.

Why? Drain cleaners use a caustic chemical to dissolve the clog. This works well, but the problem is that the chemical reaction taking place inside your drains can actually create heat. Heat softens PVC pipe, and can also lead to corrosion of older metal pipes.

This is bad enough, but sometimes drain cleaners don’t work. When the chemicals sit in your drain, you have a serious problem. These chemicals are highly likely to hurt the pipes as they sit, unmoving, in the pipe. Now, if you pour more drain cleaner down the pipe, you are increasing the risk even further. In addition, should the pipe burst, you can actually get burnt by the chemicals that have been sitting in your drains.

As you can see, drain cleaners are not the best way to clear out clogs. So what can you do? You can always call Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical for help! In the meantime, there are some safe ways to clear drains on your own.

How to Clear Drains Safely

Before you grab the caustic drain cleaning chemicals, consider a biological drain cleaner. These cleaners use enzymes and bacteria to eat the waste that is sitting in your drain. While it won’t work as quickly as your bottle of chemicals, it’s not going to cause damage to your pipes.

You can also try snakes to unclog clogged drains. Of course, sometimes a snake won’t work, but it’s an affordable option and worth trying as you try to fix the drain on your own.

Drain Cleaning Services in Chicago, IL

If these methods don’t work, or if you have a drain that needs to be fixed right now for you to function, then it’s time to call a professional. The team at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical will help you safely and quickly clear out your drains, putting your kitchen or bath back in good working order. Contact Black Diamond today for help!

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