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Ask Art: Is It Safe To Use Chemical Drain Cleaners In Your Plumbing?

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Your drains see a lot of things passing through and it can cause a few issues if you don’t take care of your plumbing system. There are many ways to deal with drain clogs, but not all of them are good for your drain. Many DIY chemical drain cleaners can damage your plumbing due to their harshness and although you might get your drain unclogged temporarily, there is a chance that you’ve caused yourself a bit of an expense.

There are a few things you need to know before washing chemical drain cleaners down your plumbing pipes.

The Run Down On Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners can be very effective, to the point that they eat away at the materials of your pipes.

Both metal and PVC pipes are susceptible to damage over time. Store-bought drain cleaners can contain sodium hydroxide (sulfuric acid) to reinforce their strength. It’s because they contain these chemicals that the homeowner is tricked into thinking they are effective.

Alkaline chemicals are released, and heat is generated to dissolve clogs, but this heat also dissolves your pipes. Some drain cleaners contain bleach, nitrates, and peroxide which work great to remove clogs but these chemicals can be toxic to your family should they get into your water system or if they are accidentally ingested by children or pets.

The other concern with these high-strength drain cleaners is that because they work so effectively, they conceal the underlying problems in your plumbing system. Drain clogs are an indication that there is a greater issue somewhere along your lines. Clogs can be linked to broken pipes, backed up sewer lines, and even your garbage disposal.

The Solution To Safe Drain Cleaning

There are a few alternatives to successfully unclogging your drain and giving it a good clean, that doesn’t involve damaging your plumbing system.

Regular Plumbing Service

When dealing with a severely clogged drain, it is often best to call a professional before trying to solve the problem yourself. The plumbing experts at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric make use of the safest methods to unclog your drain and restore it to its proper functioning while maintaining the integrity of your pipes and your plumbing.

Plumbing emergencies do not need to be treated with harsh chemicals in order to get results. We cannot stress the importance of regular drain cleaning to avoid these emergencies, but it happens. Art offers emergency drain clearing at no extra charge on weekends because we understand how inconvenient a clogged drain can be.

Going Green With Bio-Clean®

There is a safer way to unclog your drains that won’t threaten the health of your pipes or the health of your family.

Bio-Clean® is a natural drain cleaner that contains living bacteria and enzymes that safely “eat away” at the waste in your drains and pipes. After pouring Bio-Clean® into your drain, the bacteria sit on the wall of the plumbing system and feed off the waste and eventually digest it.

Waste products are broken down into water, carbon dioxide or mineral ash which are actually safe for plants. This means that the integrity of your plumbing system is maintained and your solution is environmentally friendly. No heat or poisonous fumes are released and only organic materials are digested.

Bio-Clean® can be used in the kitchen for kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, and laundry drains. In the bathroom, it can be used for toilets, showers, and bathtubs.

It’s easy to forget that your drainage system needs to be handled with care. Don’t let a plumbing emergency catch you off-guard, where you need to resort to toxic, harmful methods to clear your drain. Know the signs of a clogged drain and give us a call should you notice any of these issues. We’ll be able to safely unclog your drain, and set you up with an effective solution for future emergencies.

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