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Most people have liquid drain cleaners that they don't hesitate to pour down the drain every time there is a blockage. Unfortunately, this is not the best way to deal with drain problems. Here are some of the disadvantages of relying on liquid drain cleaners:
The Cleaners May Corrode Your Plumbing Pipes
Chemical drain cleaners work by dissolving or breaking down the debris causing blockage within the drain pipes. This means they contain corrosive ingredients, such as acids. Unfortunately, these chemicals don't distinguish between blockage debris and actual plumbing pipe materials; this means they can also wear your plumbing pipes. The damage may not be visible overnight; the more you use the drain cleaning chemicals the more the damage will occur. In the long run, your drain pipes may even develop leaks.
The Cleaners Are Bad For the Environment
Where do you think the drain cleaning chemicals go once they have done their work? The chemicals, with the rest of the drainage effluent, end up in the ground where they may hurt the ecosystem by damaging plant or animal life. After all, artificial chemicals are not as biodegradable as organic wastes released in your house. In fact, the drain cleaning chemicals may even leach their way into nearby water reservoirs, such as wells.
The Cleaners Can Harm You
It is not just the environment that is at risk when you use drain cleaners; even your health will be at risk. The risk is there for most drain cleaners, but it is particularly high for off brands that may have higher concentrations of caustic substances. Their fumes can sting your eyes and irritate your nose, and who knows what the long-term effects of the fumes may have on your health.
The Cleaners Don't Work All the Time
Despite the above disadvantages, liquid drain cleaners do not work all the time; in fact, their efficiency is rather low as compared to other drain cleaning methods. This is because there are many things that can prevent a drain from working, and the liquid cleaners only clear drains blocked by organic debris. Don't expect your drain to clear up if the problem is being caused by root intrusion, flooding damage or pipe breakage.
It is not that liquid drain cleaners are a hundred percent bad; they do work on mild clogging and may help you in an emergency. Still, you need to restrict yourself to the well-known brands if you must use liquid drain cleaners. You should also know that these liquid drain cleaners can easily fail you when you need them the most; that is why you should also have and know how to use mechanical cleaners such as an auger or a plunger. Plumbing maintenance should help prevent drainage issues, but you should also have the contact of an emergency plumber in case things don't go as expected.