What Every Homeowner Should Know About Avoiding Liquid Drain Cleaners

Posted on: 13 November 2019

As a homeowner, you may not realize that one of your go-to pipe treatments is actually one of the things that plumbers dread the most. Liquid drain cleaners, while they may seem to be a great solution, are actually a hazard in many ways. Here are a few things that you need to know about your home's bathroom plumbing and the use of liquid drain cleaners in the system. 

Drain Cleaners Aren't Highly Effective

Many homeowners keep liquid drain cleaners on hand for those slow-drain periods. In fact, most of those homeowners keep them because they clear clogs for a little while. Unfortunately, the cleaners don't address the underlying cause of the drain clogs, so the problem returns and needs more liquid drain cleaner later.

Working with a plumber helps you to identify the underlying source of the clog so that you can more effectively keep it from coming back. A plumber's treatment can help to prevent problems instead of just trying to keep them at bay.

Drain Cleaners Can Be Destructive

The chemicals that are usually found in liquid drain cleaners can be damaging to your home's plumbing system. Over time, when your pipes are exposed to those types of chemicals repeatedly, it can destroy the structural integrity of the pipes and cause deterioration, leaks, and further damage. That's why it's best for you to work with a plumber instead of applying more drain cleaner to those slow drains.

Drain Cleaners Can Be Hazardous

When your home's plumbing is flowing slowly, and you apply drain cleaner, that can lead you to apply drain cleaner repeatedly to those pipes. That drain cleaner can build up inside the pipes, especially when the clog isn't flowing through the pipes and flushing things out. By the time you call a plumber for repair, you put him or her at risk as well. Make sure you tell your plumber that you've put drain cleaner in the pipes. This lets them know that they need to be careful when taking the pipes apart to avoid any potential burns or other issues from the chemicals.

The more you understand about liquid drain cleaners and what they can do to your pipes, the easier it is for you to protect your pipes from damage. Talk with a plumber near you today for more information and to determine the source of your clogs and slow drainage issues and get things fixed.


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