Clogged drains are the most common plumbing issue to occur in homes. Many people rely on the use of chemical cleaners as a cheap way to “fix” this issue, but are they really as helpful as they seem?
Short-Term Fix, Long-Term Damage
Liquid drain cleaners work by pushing past standing water to reach and break down the clogged material. However, this type of removal does not completely rid the drain of the clogged material. Instead, it breaks down just enough of the material, which means the clog is likely to return. When used infrequently, this can be a quick and relatively safe fix. If this technique becomes a “go-to” way of unclogging, it can cause major harm on your plumbing systems. In the process of breaking down the foreign material clogging your drain, the cleaner’s powerful chemicals can begin to erode and form holes in your plumbing. This can quickly become a costly process to fix.
Rather than partially breaking down the clogged material using harmful chemicals, rely on a professional plumber. Plumbers are equipped with the proper tools and skills to safely remove unwanted material from your drain without compromising the safety of the environment, water quality, or your plumbing systems.
For more information on clogging prevention and services, contact Elsmore Plumbing. We provide residential full-service plumbing and are happy to assist you with any questions or services you need.