Drain Cleaners and Their Effect On Plumbing System
Most homeowners have experienced a clogged drain at some point. There are a number of cleaners on the market designed to take care of just such a problem, but what exactly do they do? Can using a cleaner damage your pipes, and are there safer alternatives out there? Here are a few things you may want to know about drain cleaners and their effect on your home’s plumbing system.
1. How Many Drain Cleaners Work
A drain cleaner typically works by producing a heat-causing chemical reaction, which can push through and break up a clog. The chemicals used are usually either caustic like lye, acidic such as muriatic acid, or oxidizing like bleach. All of these can lead to damaged pipes over time.
2. What Damage They Can Cause
When pouring chemicals to clear a clogged drain, it’s important to take caution as some can cause skin irritation or even burns depending on the strength. These chemicals can have the same effect on your pipes. If left to sit too long they can work through older metal or plastic pipes, and cause a leak which can lead to water damage in your home. If you have water damage from a leaking pipe, it’s best to contact a professional at SERVPRO of Mount Prospect/North Des Plaines.
3. Safer Drain Cleaning Alternatives
There are some safer alternatives for clearing a clog, whether it's a sink drain or sewage cleaning need. One of the first the many people think of is a drain snake in which a tool is inserted into the drain to pull the clog out. Other options include plungers and non-toxic cleaners. Non-toxic cleaners are comprised of enzymes that can eat through the clog. They may take a little more time, but should not harm your pipes.
Cleaning a clogged drain doesn’t have to leave you worried about damaging your home. Not only are there pipe safe alternatives out there, but if you’re unsure about the clog a professional can take care of the problem for you.