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Why You Shouldn’t Use Store Bought Drain Cleaners on Your Drains

Drain clogs are a nuisance, and the sooner you can remedy the situation, the better for you and your plumbing. But don’t let the need to remove the clog guide you toward an action that may cause more harm than good. What are we referring to? Using store-bought drain cleaners. Yes, drain cleaners can work in certain situations, but the damage the cleaner can cause can be more extensive than its ability to clear your drain. When you call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing for plumbing repair, you can rest assured that your plumbing issue will be resolved quickly, efficiently and correctly. Experiencing a plumbing problem? Call us today!

Just Say No to Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

So how can store-bought drain cleaners be a problem? Let’s take a look:

  • Clogs need to be near the drain opening – a store-bought drain cleaner is a liquid that dissipates as it makes its way down your drain; as such, its ability to have any effect on your clog will diminish the further is has to travel. Unfortunately, few clogs are located at the drain’s opening.
  • Effective on “soft” clogs – drain cleaner is mostly effective for clogs that are “soft”, which are items like food and paper. Tough hair clogs and mineral build-up will not be as affected by drain cleaner, and as such, won’t do very much.
  • Highly corrosive – just because drain cleaner is sold over-the-counter in stores doesn’t mean it doesn’t have harsh chemicals – it does. The combination of chemicals is highly corrosive, meaning they can eat away at your piping, particularly if it’s plastic.
  • Toxicity – the chemicals in drain cleaner can burn your skin, irritate your eyes and nose, and damage surrounding flooring and carpet should a spill occur.

Call for an Expert

The lure of a store-bought drain cleaner is simplicity, but the truth is, using these harsh chemicals can make things very complicated. If you have a clogged drain, don’t risk your existing plumbing work by using a drain cleaner; instead, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing and schedule an appointment for professional drain cleaning services with one of our plumbing experts.

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