Hazards of Chemical Drain Cleaners
- Plumbing Services
We’ve all seen the TV ads with liquid and chemical drain cleaners showing this “miracle” product that will unclog your drains. What the manufacturers do not tell you is that some of these products can contain dangerous chemicals. These include sodium hypochlorite (bleach), sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide (caustic potash) in concentrations up to 50%. Meanwhile, products classified as “industrial strength” contain high concentrations of sulphuric acid.
There are many disadvantages to chemical drain cleaners. For instance, they have trouble removing clogs far from the opening or blockages in the main sewer line. These clogs require professional plumbers with proper power rodding equipment to clear these drains.
Also, there are many safety considerations for chemical drain cleaners. The danger arises from their potential to injure eyes, lungs, and skin. In addition, it can damage many household materials such as wood, paint, and aluminum. Certain drain cleaners, when mixed with common cleaning products, or used together, can emit toxic gases which can be very dangerous.
One other major disadvantage is that some of these products may be harmful to your piping system. Older galvanized (steel) pipes may become damaged due to the corrosive nature of the product causing them to leak. These products can also damage porcelain, enamel, chrome and other decorative metal finishes of plumbing fixtures.
The only proven method to properly clear clogged drains and sewers is to have your drains power rodded. Let a Quality Plumbing Services Inc. technician provide you with options for clearing your drains in a safe, economical and effective manner.