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The Dangers Of Drain Cleaners

When your sink or tub has turned into a reservoir, it might be tempting to reach for the drain cleaner instead of seeking out plumbing services. Although occasionally effective, drain cleaners are never the best solution to your plumbing woes. In fact, experience has taught us that drain cleaning products always do more harm than good.

Drain Cleaners Cause Damage to Your Pipes

Liquid chemical drain cleaners, especially the inexpensive brands, will erode your pipe system. Instead of actually targeting your plumbing problem, these cleaners rely on harsh chemicals to clear clogged pipes. The main ingredient in most drain cleaners is hydrochloric acid, which is highly corrosive. Drain cleaners will not only damage your pipes, but will also eat away at kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Each time you use liquid drain cleaner, you’re doing irreparable damage to your plumbing system that might eventually necessitate sewer repair or replacement.

They’re Terribly Toxic

Even long after you’ve used your drain cleaner of choice, its various chemicals linger in the air. As a result, when you use drain cleaners, you’re ingesting toxic fumes. Drain cleaners cause irritation to your eyes, nose, and skin. They’re also terrible for the environment. Every time you dispose of an empty bottle of cleaner, you create unnecessary chemical waste.

There are No Guarantees They’ll Work

The worst part about drain cleaners is they rarely fix the problem plaguing your pipes. Unless you have a very minor clog, drain cleaners are unlikely to solve your plumbing issue. If the sewer line is backed up or you’re dealing with a broken pipe, drain cleaners will only make your problem worse. What’s more, if you don’t deal with a big plumbing issue right away or you opt for a DIY quick-fix, it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

Instead of wasting time and money on harmful drain cleaners, give us a call at (702) 710-7388 and we’ll locate the source of your plumbing problem for a reasonable rate. For additional information on drain clogs or other plumbing issues, contact a Las Vegas plumber today.