The idea of a liquid drain cleaner is an enticing one. Pour liquid gel down your drain to clear out whatever is slowing down your water draining. The fact of the matter is that these liquid drain cleaners could be causing more harm than good in addition to being highly toxic and unnecessary.
Liquid drain cleaner can allow water to drain quicker by loosening a clog. However, not all blockages are the same. Liquid drain cleaner does not rectify a solid blockage, a broken pipe, or a plumbing issue. It is important to be sure of the situation you are dealing with.
The chemicals listed on the back of a liquid drain cleaner bottle are harmful and toxic. Upon reading the ingredient label, you make think twice about using these chemicals listed in your home. It is entirely possible that the fumes from these chemicals will come back through the pipes into your bathroom or kitchen potentially causing harm to your family. This hardly seems worth the risk.
Harmful to Piping
In addition to being harmful to your family, they are harmful to your plumbing. Piping can be broken down with the use of liquid drain clears as they contain hydrochloric acid. The breaking down of pipes by using this can cause a burst pipe. Degrading pipes can cause contamination to water sources, as well.
What to do Instead
Alternatives to liquid drain cleaners are easy to come by. A plunger or a simple mix of baking soda and vinegar could fix the clog you are looking to fix. Outside of that, it would be in your best interest to call Master Plumbing and avoid a much bigger issue than the one you might have on your hands.
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