Think Twice Before Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

chemicaldrainThanksgiving is undoubtedly one of the most awaited holidays of the year. This day is often associated with good food, great company and lots of fun. But after the Boulder festivities and all your guests have left, you are now faced with a clogged kitchen drain.

This usually happens when people send all the grease, oil, and other food particles down the drain. Determined to address the problem without having to pay for the services of a Boulder plumber, you find yourself in the grocery store looking at those liquid drain cleaners sitting on the shelves.

Sure, you want that drain clog gone, but relying on chemical drain cleaners to address the issue will only do more harm than good. Here are 3 reasons why you should think twice before using chemical drain cleaners.

They’re not guaranteed to work

In the hopes of saving money and wanting to solve the problem fast, a lot of Boulder homeowners choose to bypass the plumber for a bottle of drain cleaner. After all, it seems like a cheap and convenient way to solve the problem. However, there is no guarantee that these products will work. Plus, most of the drain cleaners sold in the market aren’t really cheap. If they fail, then you’ll have no choice but to call a plumber later on.

They contain dangerous chemicals

Drain cleaners are highly toxic. Not only do they contain harsh chemicals, they also emit toxic fumes that may cause eye, nose and skin irritation.

Lye and sulphuric acid are dangerous to swallow. If you have young kids or pets at home, it is best to keep chemical drain cleaners out of your home. Regardless of how careful you are as a parent, the presence of such products inside your home pose immediate danger to them.

They can damage the pipes

As mentioned above, chemical drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals and are highly corrosive. These products claim to quickly clear the drain without having to call a Boulder plumber. Because of the chemicals they contain, they may be able to successfully dissolve whatever it is that is causing the clog. What most people fail to realize is that these products are strong enough that they can damage the pipes. It will gnaw at your pipes and while supposedly cleaning them.

If you are dealing with clogged drains or any other plumbing issues, please call Paradigm Plumbing. You can assure that your plumbing problem will be resolved quickly and efficiently.