What You May Not Know About Drain Cleaners

What You May Not Know About Drain Cleaners Posted by on February 28, 2018 in Drains, Uncategorized

While liquid drain cleaners can be a quick and easy fix for slow or clogged drains, the problem is that it’s only a temporary solution and the problem tends to return. Below we offer some guidance to help you solve your drain problems.

The Pros of Drain Cleaners

  •  Quick fix for slow drains
  •  Easy to use
  •  Inexpensive

The Cons of Drain Cleaners

  • Treats the symptoms – not the root cause
  • Corrosive
  • Does not remove clogs

What the Drain Cleaners Don’t Tell You

Drain cleaners are typically advertised as “clog pushers.” Unfortunately, this isn’t entirely accurate. Drain cleaning fluid is a corrosive substance, which means it actually “eats” away at the clog, rather than pushing it.

These types of drain products don’t just eat clogs, but they can also erode metal pipes, fixtures, and clothing. As a result, the can weaken pipes and damage fixtures. Plus it’s a health hazard, causing blindness if it contacts your eyes!

Another product you may have heard to use is hydrochloric acid, also known as muriatic acid. This is a dangerous product; the vapors are incredibly harmful, so it’s necessary to use a respirator when using this chemical. Additionally, it causes severe burns and blindness if it comes into contact with your skin and eyes. For safety reasons, you should not use this product.

The bottom line is that your average liquid drain cleaners only treat the symptoms not the rot cause and can erode your plumbing and fixtures. Your best bet when experiencing a clogged drain is to call a professional.

What the Pros Know

A drain expert is skilled in finding the least invasive way to unclog your drain. They are effectively able to address the source of the issue – not just fix the symptoms (plus your plumbing won’t be eaten away!). A drain tech will effectively remove the clog and reopen the flow so water can smoothly pass through your home’s pipes once again.

3 Easy Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains:

  1. Use a natural enzyme drain cleaner to prevent clogs from forming.
    Enzymes are healthy bacteria that spread through your drain system and while they do not remove clogs, they can certainly prevent a clog from building up.  Many drain companies have an enzyme cleaner they can recommend or you can purchase these directly from them.
  2. Use a strainer over your drains.
    A drain strainer collects hair, larger soap pieces, and food items and prevents them from going down the drain. Simply throw away the items collected by the strainer. You can purchase these at any hoe improvement store. This could save you the potential of cost repairs later.
  3. Use a pair of pliers to remove hair from the drain in your bathtub/shower
    If you do this regularly, it should only take a few minutes. Simply insert needle-nosed pliers into your drain and remove whatever hair you can reach.

While liquid drain cleaners seem like an easy option, be aware that they are only a temporary solution. They can also be damaging to your plumbing and your health. The best solution is to call a professional to fully clean the clogged drain and solve the problem once and for all.

TLC Plumbing is a top home service provider of heating, cooling, plumbing & electrical services in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, & Greater New Mexico.