Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Chemicals to Unclog Your Drains
The first thing that pops into many homeowner’s heads when they find a clogged drain in their home is, “I’ll go get some Drano” – or something similar. After using these chemicals you may see a difference, however, it’s simply just a bandaid and will only work for an extended period of time. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use liquid chemicals to unclog your drains, and Pilot Plumbing & Drain is here to let you in on why.
Liquid drain cleaners activate an intense chemical reaction by producing heat, bubbles, fat breakdown, and protein dissolution. Mostly all liquid drain cleaners are made up of these ingredients, which cause the reactions:
- Sulfuric acid
- Hydrochloric acid
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Potassium Hydroxide
These ingredients won’t only clear up the clog for an extended period of time, but they could also affect your plumbing systems – causing more issues like cracks in porcelain, corrosion to plastic, PVC pipes, and more.
Kills Bacteria – Even the Good Ones
It probably sounds great when you hear that something kills bacteria. However, it’s not always great, especially when a product kills good bacteria as well. Why do we need good bacteria in your drains? Well, it prevents large blockages as it poses as little organic fighters.
Hazardous To Your Health
Not only are these liquid chemicals bad for your plumbing system’s health, but it’s bad for yours as well. There’s always a risk of irritating your skin, eyes, lungs, etc. while using these. When professional plumbers come to help unclog your drains, they are extremely careful and wear protective clothing and accessories to prevent this from happening.
They Are Only Bandaids
Liquid drain cleaners will work, but won’t work on ALL clogs and will work on some but only for an extended period of time. If you’re noticing constant clogs in your drains, chances are, there is more going on in your plumbing system that you’re unaware of. At this point, it’s important to reach out to a professional.
What are some of the alternatives?
Some alternatives that are not as harmful to you and your plumbing systems include baking soda and vinegar, hot water and dish soap, and enzyme-based cleaners. However, these will only work for some clogs and again, if you notice the clogs keep returning, call a professional to check it out.
Get Your Clogged Drains Unclogged by the Best in Vancouver with Pilot Plumbing and Drain
When you need to find the best plumbing services in Vancouver, WA, you don’t need to look further than Pilot Plumbing and Drain. We help our customers diagnose the problems and fix what needs to be repaired or unclogged. Our expertly trained staff have helped homeowners throughout the area, including Amboy, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Camas, Kalama, Kelso, La Center, Longview, Ridgefield, Washougal, Woodland, Hazel Dell, and Yacolt, WA, as well as Portland, OR.
When you work with us, you’re ensuring that the service you get is backed by the trust and confidence of thousands of other satisfied customers. Contact us to schedule your next service call with our expert technicians today!