When it comes to drain cleaning people often have differing expectations. Some people go straight to a plumber and expect a mechanical solution for their drain troubles. Other, though, go to the store and buy some nice shiny drain cleaner off the shelf to pour into their sink and magically fix their problems. The thing is, those chemicals are really bad for a lot of reasons. One of the most important things you need to be aware of is, what are those chemicals and how will they affect you in the long run. Here are some reasons you don’t want chemicals to deal with slow drainage or a clogged drain.
- Drain cleaners are TOXIC
It’s not just that they are chemicals but that they are chemicals that you really shouldn’t be breathing. The fumes from chemical drain cleaners can linger in the air and irritate your throat and nose. You don’t want to touch the chemicals and should wear gloves and protective eyewear when handling them. A professional drain cleaning service won’t require you to gear up.
- They are BAD for the then ENVIRONMENT
These chemicals that you put into your drain water eventually seep into the groundwater and can affect both your local environment and the global water cycle. The bottles that house your chemical solution end up in landfills and can seep the residual chemicals into the earth, poisoning fish and wildlife nearby. Using chemicals less means saving the planet.
- They DAMAGE your pipes..
The primary chemical of drain cleaning chemicals is acid. Hydrochloric acid specifically. Effectively, you are pouring acid down the drain so it can scour the gunk out of your pipes, but its definitely going to take your pipes with it. As the acid sits in your pipe it will pit the surface creating a better grip for future clogs and creating a weakness in your pipes that will eventually cause it to fail.
Hiring a professional plumbing service to take care of your drain cleaning needs is the best solution. Drain cleaning chemicals are an unsafe and damaging way to do something that can be easily fixed with a mechanical process. Using a plumber will lower your carbon footprint and help save the environment!