Do-it-yourself Drain CleaningStore bought drain cleaners are among the most hazardous chemicals found in homes today. They can not only be dangerous to your health and safety, but can also cause damage your home's plumbing system and kitchen and bathroom finishes.
There are several types of chemical drain cleaners. Alkaline types contain sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Acidic drain cleaners contain sulphiric acid. Some of the other chemicals found in drain cleaners can include bleach and lye.
Drain cleaners are effective at removing organic matter that is in the immediate area below the drain opening. They are not as effective at clearing obstructions that are further down the drain pipe, particularly toilet and floor drain clogs.
Chemical drain cleaners work by causing a chemical reaction when they come in contact with the material clogging the drain. Because of the caustic nature of the reaction it's important that they be poured into the drain slowly and that your protected from any potential contact with the chemicals by wearing skin and eye protection. Contact with the chemicals can cause severe chemical burns, and even blindness.
Because many drain cleaners are alkaline, they can corrode pipes, and damage surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom, such as plated metals, wood, painted surfaces, aluminum and fiberglass.
Professional Drain CleaningThe safest – and usually most effective - method of clearing a clogged drain is professional drain clearing by a professional plumber. Plumbers use specialized tools designed to physically remove the toughest obstructions that chemical drain cleaners either cannot reach or fully dissolve.
With a professional plumber just a quick call away, you don't need to store dangerous chemicals in your home, risking your family's health and potential damage to your plumbing system. So the next time you have a clogged drain in your home, call MR Plumbing. We'll unclog your drains quickly... and safely.