A clogged drain can be a real pain, especially if it is a recurring problem. And unfortunately their timing is always impeccable, waiting until you are in the midst of entertaining. Which is why, many people are quick to reach for the liquid drain cleaner at the first signs of trouble. But did you know that this is one of the worst things you can do? Most people think that liquid drain cleaner is a good and safe option because they are so readily available, however this simply isn’t the case. Here is why you should think twice before using liquid drain cleaners.

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Not All That Effective

That’s right, they really aren’t all that effective. If you have to use it once, you will probably have to use it twice, maybe even more. While they may seem to provide temporary relief, they don’t get to the root of the problem. Sometimes a clog is caused by a more serious problem, like invading tree roots. In this instance the use of liquid drain cleaner will be mute. When dealing with a clogged drain, it is best to address the problem from all angles. Find out what is causing the clog, so it can be appropriately treated. Don’t put a bandaid over the problem with liquid drain cleaner and hope for the best. 

Dangerous To Handle

Liquid drain cleaners are also dangerous to handle. As with most harsh chemicals and cleaning agents, extreme caution needs to be exercised when handling liquid drain cleaners. Proper protective gear should be worn like gloves and face masks. And the area should be properly ventilated. The fumes alone can cause respiratory irritation, and contact with eyes or skin can also be detrimental. If ingested, you will need to contact poison control.

Dangerous For Pet And Children

As we mentioned above, harmful chemicals need to be treated appropriately. This applies to their usage and storage, as contact can cause irritation to eyes, skin, and respiratory problems. In addition, if ingested by a pet or child, the effects can be life threatening. We recommend avoiding their use altogether to protect pets and small children. 

Harmful For Environment

It is always important to remember that whatever goes down the drain can eventually end up in our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans. So always watch what goes down the drain. Liquid drain cleaner does not belong is our water supplies. It can poison the ground, and is toxic to animals and fish. 

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Can Do More Damage

Depending on the types of pipes you have in your home, liquid drain cleaners can actually damage your plumbing. Liquid drain cleaners contain hydrochloric acid, which eats at everything, including your pipes and your plumbing fixtures. While the liquid drain cleaner is cleaning your pipes, it could also be eating through the rest of your plumbing. 

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When it comes to clogged drains, getting the job done right the first time is important. It can save you a lot of time, money, stress, and prevent further damage. In addition, you may be suffering from a more serious plumbing problem that needs to be addressed. If you have tried to plunge to no avail, it’s time for a more thorough inspection by a professional. To learn more about drain cleaning and other plumbing topics or to schedule your appointment, contact Lesco Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling today! 



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