We have all had to deal with a pesky clogged drain at one point or another. Household substances such as soap residue, grease, food, laundry detergent and toilet paper can wreak havoc on your drains, causing basins, sinks and showers to pool with water that just won’t go away.
In this day and age, the immediate solution is king, which is why many people, unfortunately, reach for a store bought chemical drain cleaner in order to restore flowing water to their drains. However, in most cases, this convenience comes at a cost. Below we explore some of the more sinister consequences of chemical drain cleaners you should be made aware of prior to opting for that quick fix.
1. Health Concerns
Have you ever noticed the warnings plastered all over store bought drain cleaner bottles? The urgency for us to wear gloves, goggles and other PPE when coming into contact with them? That’s because these solutions contain some seriously heavy-duty ingredients such as Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrochloric Acid and Sulfuric Acid.
With the potency of battery acid, these ingredients can cause a range of health ramifications to humans and pets such as chemical burns to skin, vision loss or blindness if splashed in eyes, lung damage if fumes are inhaled and can even be fatal if ingested.
2. Environmental Concerns
The acids found in these types of drain cleaners also have negative effects on the environment. You may not think a small amount of acid could cause much harm, right? Wrong. The amount of homes constantly using these products for drains that never seem to properly clear has meant pollution to groundwater, lakes, rivers and oceans. The residue left in bottles also ends up in landfill which in turn, damages our ecosystem and causes harm to fish and other wildlife.
3. Temporary Fix
When acids are flushed down drains, they are intended to eat away at whatever is causing the blockage. More often than not, the acid only destroys a small part of the blockage. While this allows water to flow freely for some time, eventually the hole in the blockage will fill again. This will require the need for repeated attention unless it is dealt with in the appropriate, professional way.
4. Plumbing Damage
Plumbers have had to deal with the repercussions of using these drain cleaners for years and can attest to the fact they do far more harm than good.
When the acids in store bought drain cleaners make their way through your drains, they can erode the finishing from your pipes. Every time you re-treat your drain blockages with this toxic solution, your pipes become thinner and more brittle, especially if there are areas within your pipes where the acid tends to pool. This weak piping becomes susceptible to fractures and eventually becomes a leak that damages parts of your sink and pipework. When the pipework is under landscaping it can be a much larger, invasive and expensive repair than what a professional drain cleaning service would have been from the outset.
For years plumbers have had to deal with the consequences of cheap store bought drain cleaners, carrying out repair work to corroded and damaged pipes and drains.
Do you really think we would bother with modern technology such as CCTV drain cameras, hydro jetters or electric eels if it were as simple as tipping a bottle of magic potion down your drain with no repercussions?
When you want reliable, efficient and most importantly safe blocked drain repairs, you can count on the team at Jim’s Plumbing.