2 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaner to Remove a Clog

When homeowners come face to face with a slow drain or clog they typically don’t call a plumber, instead, they head to the store and purchase a bottle of liquid drain cleaner. Unfortunately, pouring commercial drain cleaner down your pipes can have an adverse effect on your home’s plumbing. Below we’ve listed 2 reasons why you should skip the drain cleaner and contact experienced plumbers in Winnetka IL.

Damage to your pipes

The chemicals used in liquid drain cleaners are highly corrosive and can cause serious damage to your pipes. When the clog is smaller, the liquid should exit your pipes once it has dissolved the obstruction, however, larger clogs aren’t removed as easily, meaning the drain cleaner will end up sitting in your pipe, slowly corroding it over time. Unfortunately, you can’t tell how big a clog is, so pouring commercial drain cleaner down your pipes is never a good idea.

Health Risk

If you are not careful the fumes released by drain cleaners can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Even after you’ve poured the product down your drain, the lingering fumes can have a negative effect on your family’s health. If you choose to use a liquid drain cleaner, be sure to keep your kids away from the area until you are sure the chemical is no longer present. Wearing protective goggles and gloves is also a wise choice. However, we highly suggest skipping the drain cleaner all together.


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