Avoid Using Chemical Solutions For Clogged Pipes

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Avoid Using Chemical Solutions For Clogged Pipes

If you find a clogged drain it can be more than a minor inconvenience for any homeowner, whether it is in the kitchen, laundry room or bathroom.  Homeowners often resort to harsh, dangerous store bought chemical solutions in an attempt to unclog the drain and get the water flowing again. However, many fail to realize the dangers associated with chemical drain liquids and the harmful effects they have on your plumbing and the environment.

Chemicals Can Damage Your Plumbing Like This:

Chemical drain cleaningbrass_goods_and_plumbing_specialties_(1893)_(14780094071) solutions are extremely corrosive, poisonous materials. They are designed to essentially dissolve the matter that is clogging the pipe. However, they can also eat away at your drain system, eventually resulting in costly repairs or replacement. If your home has has a septic tank these harsh chemicals will harm or kill off the good bacterial organisms that are present and break down solid wastes. If this occurs, your septic system will fail and result in costly septic tank repairs as well as potential home repairs caused by overflowing toilets, sinks and bathtubs.

So What is The Best Way to Clear a Clogged Drain?

The professionals at Pink Plumber use specialized tools to get your drains unclogged and clear your pipes. A mechanical plumbing snake is often the tool of choice.  This device utilizes an auger and cable to push through and remove the blockage that is preventing water from flowing freely away.  Often tree roots can be a cause of your blockage, a special cutting head on a heavy duty motor is used and might be necessary to cut through them to clear out your sewage line.

Chemical Products Rarely Work Well

Many types of items can lead to a clogged drains. It might be clumps of hair, food bits, grease, fat, bio scum or a combination of all of these. The facts are without a high resolution camera or disassembling the plumbing, you do not really know what is clogging the pipe. Chemical solutions are not recommended to unclog an unknown blockage. Some might be effective on hair while others are suited for grease. Since you do not know what is clogging the pipe, how could you know which type of solution to buy? You might consider buying several varieties in an attempt to cover all the bases. However, this is the worst possible thing you could do and a very dangerous one at that. Mixing chemicals can create poisonous gases that can become combustible and present a serious health hazard.

Hiring a plumber to unclog a drain is an unforeseen expense most homeowners would rather not face. However, the cost to have your drains professionally unclogged is mild when compared to the costs you will incur should that liquid plumbing solution damage your drainpipes or septic tank system.