Store Bought Drain Cleaners: Doing More Harm Than Good?

  Blakeslee and Son   Nov 29, 2016 0 Comments

When the shower isn't draining, or the kitchen sink is clogged, what's the first thing that many people do? Reach for the bottle of store-bought drain cleaner, of course. However, this might not be the best course of action. If overused, store-bought drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good.


Think twice before you pour...

Most store-bought drain cleaners contain highly corrosive chemicals such as sulfuric acid, caustic soda, and sodium hydroxide, which are meant to dissolve any clogs in the pipe. But they don't just stop at clogs; they also start to wear through the pipes (particularly ones made of PVC).

While this wear and tear might not be an issue right away, years of using corrosive drain cleaners can lead to severe structural issues with pipes causing them to leak more often and require replacement sooner. And you know what leaking pipes mean? The possibility of water damage, something no one wants in their home because it can be very expensive to repair.

Have you ever wondered why one bottle of drain cleaner doesn't seem to do the job and you seem to be trapped in a vicious cycle of dumping bottle after bottle down the drain? It's because store-bought cleaners only dissolve major clogs and don't completely flush out the pipes. So clogs can form again quickly.

So put down that bottle of drain cleaner.


Instead, consider...

Having the professionals come to your home and deal with those stubborn clogged drains and pipes. They have methods of dealing with clogs that are much gentler on your homes plumbing, including:

  • Pipe snaking - A long cord with an auger on its end is inserted into the pipe and drills through the clog.  
  • In pipe inspection - Inserting a small camera into the pipe to get a closer look at what underlying issue may be.

Another way to keep your home's plumbing in tip-top shape is to have it regularly inspected by a professional (whether you notice major issues or not). Our Peak Performance Package includes just that, a whole home plumbing inspection.

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