It’s terrible watching water build up in your sink and slowly move around the drain. It’s even worse when there is no movement at all. A clogged sink. Very inconvenient.
When your drain is clogged, it’s tempting to look for a quick fix. Most of us have learned to grab a chemical solution off the store shelf. It seems like magic. Soon, we hear that wonderful gurgling sound that means our drain is fixed.
But is it really?
While those strong chemicals may get rid of the immediate problem, they create other problems. Before you choose a quick solution to your clogged drain, it’s important to understand the effects these chemicals can have.
Chemical drain cleaner bottles are covered with health warnings. Think about what these cleaners do to clogs. Those are powerful chemicals. You don’t want to breathe them in. They are harmful if they touch your skin. In a house with children, they are not something you want left sitting around. Liquids are unsteady. Every time you pour from that bottle, you risk harming yourself or your loved ones.
If those chemicals are that harmful to people and to clogs, imagine what they can do to your pipes. Pouring a chemical cleaner down your drain can weaken and damage your pipes. The problem gets worse each time you use them. For a tough clog, the chemicals don’t even flush through your pipes. They just sit, affecting the pipe material. What happens if the problem wasn’t a simple clog? Now your pipes are filled with toxic liquid and you still have a problem with your drain.
Harming Your Septic System
If you are on a septic system, a strong chemical cleaner can upset the environment of the system. Septic systems depend on a healthy balance of good bacteria. These bacteria help decompose the waste that enters the system. When harsh chemicals are poured into the system, they can kill these good bacteria. The septic system won’t work as effectively.
There are safer alternative drain treatments that work effectively on clogs. A professional plumbing service can help you come up with a good treatment plan, so you can maintain long-lasting plumbing and a safe home environment.
A plumbing professional can also help you know what to look for when you see a clog, as not all clogs are created equal. By really getting to know your plumbing system and learning from a professional how it works, you will be able to make better decisions to keep your plumbing working well.