Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Bad for Plumbing?

Posted on: September 15, 2019 in Plumbing

Commercial drain cleaners contain highly corrosive chemicals such as lye, bleach, potash, and sulphuric and muriatic acid that can actually melt through plastic pipes. They can also oxidize older metal pipes and dissolve the glue that holds pipes together. Chemical drain cleaners do harm to septic tanks and are extremely bad for the environment, too.

How Do Drain Cleaners Work?

The chemicals in commercial drain cleaners produce heat when they come into contact with organic materials that may be clogging your drains such as hair, food, and grease. That heat works to break down the organic materials, but it’s also responsible for these products’ damaging effects on your plumbing pipes and fixtures. Fortunately, there are low-cost alternatives to chemical drain cleaners. Of course, calling in the professionals at King’s Services is always a good idea as they can do the job effectively.

Alternatives to Chemical Drain Cleaners

Alternatives to chemical drain cleaners include homemade drain cleaners and mechanical devices. Common household products such as vinegar and baking soda may be able to dissolve grease. Mix them together over the clogged drain, and you will see them fizz as the acid and base react. Let the vinegar/baking powder solution sit in the drain overnight, and flush the drain with hot water the next morning.

You can also turn a wire hanger into a tool that’s useful for pulling hair from a drain if the hair is trapped in the first few inches of the pipe. If that fails, you can buy a manually powered plumber’s auger at a hardware store that may be able to help you cut through the clog.

Time to Call a Plumber

If homemade drain cleaning solutions and mechanical devices fail, then it’s time to call a professional plumber. The highly-trained technicians who work with King’s Services in Headingley, MB, have the skills and equipment to clean your clogged drain quickly. We also provide many other residential and commercial plumbing services, including repairs, maintenance and installations; pipe inspections; and septic tank cleaning.

Our technicians will show up on time and work hard to restore your clogged drains to perfect working condition. Contact our office today for more information about what we do and to schedule an appointment.