A Plumbers Perspective On Liquid Drain Cleaners

When you have a clogged drain in your home or a drain that is slow to clear, it makes sense to grab a bottle of liquid drain cleaner and take care of the issue yourself. It only costs a few dollars, and you don’t need to wait for a plumber to show up only to see the issue corrected in a few minutes but at a much higher cost. However, it is crucial to understand that you could be getting more than you bargained for with that bargain bottle of liquid drain cleaner. Ask a professional plumber about these liquid products, and you are sure to hear many of the things that our plumbers have included below.

Consider The Safety Of Your Drain Lines

Most liquid drain cleaners rely on caustic chemicals and chemical reactions to remove clogs. The goal is to generate enough heat to melt or soften the clog so that it can be flushed away. However, that same heat that softens the clog could also soften or damage your plastic drain lines. And while the chemicals are only touching a small amount of the surface area of the clog, they are in contact with a large part of your drain line. So bad things can happen when you let the chemicals sit in the pipes. If your drain pipes are metal, they will handle the heat better but can begin to corrode after exposure to acidic drain cleaners. And in many cases, the liquid does not get the job done because it only softens a small percentage of the clog.

Think About Your Health And Your Loved Ones

Be sure to read the fine print the next time you see liquid drain cleaner in the store. These items have a long list of warnings added to the bottle in micro type to ensure that consumers are not scared away. The first tip is to only use these products in a well-ventilated space. So you know they will dump a lot of chemical fumes into the air you and your family are breathing. Next, they warn against getting any of the liquid on your skin. So again, you know that this is some strong acid that could burn you, even if you are careful when pouring it into the drain.

If you still decide to give this product a try, be sure to wear proper protective clothing and eye protection. And keep loved ones and family pets from the area to avoid breathing the caustic chemical fumes. Anyone with breathing issues should probably plan on leaving the house for at least several hours.

Is It Cost-Effective?

Sure, you only spent a few bucks on the drain cleaner, but it was wasted money if it did not fix the problem. And you still have to deal with the fumes and potential of a chemical burn. The better choice is a call to a licensed professional for drain cleaning and clog removal that will not harm nor foul your home’s air.

Professional Drain Cleaning Facts

A professional drain cleaning uses pure high-pressure water to remove even tough clogs and stinky drain residue. The process needs no harsh or hazardous chemicals, and in the hands of a trained professional, it is entirely safe for your home’s drain and sewer lines. We are so sure that the process will remove all your drain issues that we back or professional drain cleanings with a guarantee.

Call (720) 740-0452 to schedule your professional drain cleaning with the experts at Royal Services. We provide a free price quote, and our process will never leave your home full of nasty fumes.