Clogs are a major inconvenience, whether they are in a sink, a toilet or a tub. When clog concerns hit close to home, the go-to method for a lot of people is to head to the store and buy a commercial drain cleaner. This method is considerably easier and usually less expensive than calling a professional, such as Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. However, unclogging your drains yourself using a chemical drain cleaner might actually do more harm than good in the long run.
Drain cleaners are poison.
Drain cleaners are full of toxic chemicals. This is probably no surprise, since they are meant to eat away at materials that could be stuck in your drain. These chemicals are bad to inhale and hard on your skin. They linger in the air and act as an irritant to your eyes and nose. Mixing drain cleaners with other chemicals might happen accidentally but can have devastating effects. Worst of all, the effects of a child or pet getting a hold of drain cleaner can be fatal.
Drain cleaners may not even help, and you won't know until it is too late!
Drain cleaners are very deceptive. They give the appearance of solving the problem, but there is no way for you know if it really has. The drain cleaner can open the clog part way, but it doesn't necessarily "clean" your drain. The problem might still be left behind, especially if you are working with a grease clog. Water will appear to drain like normal, but over time the materials will continue to build up and you are left in the same predicament.
If your clog is deep in the drain, drain cleaner will not even help the problem. There are some materials that the cleaner cannot dissolve. You may also have a larger issue than issue, like a blockage in your sewer line.
Drain cleaners are bad for your drains and pipes.
The chemicals in drain cleaners are harsh, and will cause damage to your drains and pipes. They can cause calcification. Many of them use acids to disintegrate the clogs. These acids eat away at your pipes. Over time holes can occur, which will lead to leaks that can cause water damage. You may also need to replace your pipes if the damage is severe.
A professional can get to the root of the problem.
The next time you notice your drains not working correctly, consider a professional instead of a drain cleaning solution. By saying no to the drain cleaner, you are saving your pipes, getting to the root of the problem and keeping your children, pets and yourself out of danger.