So you’ve got a clog in your drain, and water is taking a tremendous amount of time to go down the hole. Ever since you were a kid, you may have heard that Drano or something similar is the solution to your problem of a clogged drain. But are chemical drain cleaners really safe to use? Below, we explore whether or not you should be using chemical drain cleaners in your home.

Metal Pipes

In older metal pipes, chemical drain cleaners can be harmful to your plumbing. Over time, there’s a chance that the drain cleaner will gradually deteriorate the pipe the more you use the chemicals. This can end up being a costly fix as a homeowner. Not only this, but if the chemical drain cleaner somehow stays in the pipes and makes its way into your water, you or one of your family members could be in severe trouble. These drain cleaners are extremely toxic to ingest and would require a hospital trip immediately.

Plastic Pipes

If the chemical drain cleaners deteriorate metal pipes so easily, can you imagine what it does to your plastic pipes under your sink? Chemical drain cleaners cause a heat reaction when they are used, which is what potentially dislodges the hair or other clogs you have in your drain. As you can imagine, this reaction can be detrimental in a plastic pipe. Over time, this can cause the pipe to warp its shape or just completely melt. Pipes are put together at certain angles to make the water flow in the right direction. When the pipe warps, this can cause issues in drainage.

Alternatives to Chemical Drain Cleaners

If you’ve decided against using chemical drain cleaners, there are plenty of great alternatives to clear your pipes. One of the most reliable ways is the drain snake. It’s a long piece of plastic that has small hooks all over it. You insert the snake into your drain, and then just pull in and out until the clog is cleared. More than likely you’ll come up with a bunch of hair. You can also make your own liquid drain cleaners at home. You can make a combination of baking soda and vinegar, which can often time dislodge your clogs in any drain.
For particularly stubborn clogs that you can’t clear with a plunger or access with the drain snake, it’s best to call a professional. If you’ve already damaged your pipes or have any other questions about plumbing, give Knight Plumbing a call. We offer 24/7 emergency services so we’re always there when you need it most. Give us a call today to get that stubborn clog banished today!