The disadvantages of using chemical drain cleaners are clear. Although they may be a fast and easy solution to clearing a clogged drain, there are many reasons why chemical drain cleaners should be avoided if at all possible. A few of those reasons include:
Chemical Drain Cleaners Cause Damage
The harsh chemicals being used in chemical drain cleaners often cause damage to your pipes. The damage may not be easy to spot at first, but over time it can cause enough damage to create a hole that will inevitably lead to a leak. One of the most damaging culprits in chemical drain cleaners is hydrochloric acid, which can eat away at your hardware, including the enamel on your bathtubs and sinks. This additional damage is extremely costly and the direct result of solving a minor bathroom issue like a clog with damaging and dangerous chemicals.
Chemical Drain Cleaners Cause Damage to your Septic System
In order to break down water, your septic tank uses natural and organic bacteria. Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners kill this organic bacteria, essentially rendering your septic system useless. Additionally, ongoing use of chemical drain cleaners will create a situation resulting in the need to completely clean your entire septic system to counteract the damage caused.
Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Toxic and Bad for the Environment
Considered to be a serious health hazard, the fumes released by chemical drain cleaners can be extremely toxic. Often lingering for several hours, these hazardous fumes can cause significant irritation to your throat, eyes, skin, and lungs. Chemical cleaners aren’t just hazardous for humans … their also harmful for both pets and the environment. Leftover cleaners often show up in our water supply system creating a dangerous situation for the wildlife and humans who rely on that water supply.
If you have any additional questions about the reasons to avoid chemical drain cleaners or are interested in what Action Plumbing can do to offer you a healthy alternative for your plumbing issues, contact us today!