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Chemical Drain Cleaners - 5 Reasons to Avoid Them

1. Chemical cleaners are hazardous to your family members’, and any pets’ health. They many times produce obnoxious and poisonous fumes that are harmful to inhale and may irritate any living being’s eyes, skin, ear, nose, mouth, and throat orifices. Many household drain-cleaning products have explicit warnings that the product contains chemicals with known carcinogens, yet many people fail to read the entire label or ignore any warnings or safety precautions concerning the use of such products.

2. Chemical cleaners are bad for the environment. Residuals of chemicals on containers that make it to the landfill go into the ground, ending up in bodies of water, poisoning fish and other animals that live in or drink from the water. In addition, the chemicals also make it into the water supplies that provide people with the water that they use.

3. Chemical cleaners can damage the finish of the fixtures and cause damage to the pipes forcing to repair leaking pipes. Liquid drain cleaners contain hydrochloric acid, which will destroy the finish of enamel-based finishes of sinks and bathtubs, making it necessary to refinish or replace the ruined fixture. In addition, the acid can dissolve metals and makes holes in brass traps and pipes, creating leaks so you will need to replace any pipes or traps that the chemicals destroy.

4. Chemical cleaners do not always work. Despite what television advertisements claim, chemical cleaners do not dissolve or break up the things that clog up the pipes instantly, or even after a lengthy period. Drain blockages occur for a variety of reasons besides a simple build-up of hair or garbage caught in the trap. Sometimes tree roots grow into the pipes between the house and the main sewer drain, for which one may have to hire a professional who has specialized equipment that bores the drainpipe, cutting and removing any debris in the line.

5. Chemical cleaners may cost more than other methods of cleaning your drains. Some of the simple methods to try include using a plunger or fishing a snake through the drain. Physically removing the trap and cleaning it out only requires the use of channel locks and only takes about five to ten minutes. If one cannot access the trap, he or she can take a workshop vacuum cleaner and attempt to vacuum the debris that is creating the clog from the same way it went into the drain.