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4 Reasons To Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

When you have a clogged drain in your home, it can be very tempting to run to the store for a jug of chemical drain cleaner. If you believe the advertisements and slogans on the package, your clog and your troubles will simply disappear when you pour this magical mystery liquid down the clogged drain. But there is more information that you should know, and that the makers of these caustic concoctions don’t ever want homeowners to discover. We have selected just four of the many reasons why you should never use chemical drain cleaners.

Toxic Waste

The chemical cocktail that is known as drain cleaner, or clog remover, is not anything remotely close to safe for you and your loved ones. All you need to do is read the fine print and warnings to confirm this fact. Most labels say to wear gloves, never allow the liquid to come in contact with your skin, don’t breathe the fumes, and only use in a well-ventilated area.

The truth is that the product is caustic and produces fumes that can, and do, irritate your eyes, nose, and throat. In addition, the material will chemically burn your skin if you inadvertently come into contact with it. None of this information assures you that the product is completely safe to be used in your home.

It Is Destructive

We already know that the chemicals in drain cleaning are harmful to humans and domestic pets, too, by the way. But did you know that these products that are designed to clean drains are also hazardous to your drain pipes? All of these products contain strong, hydrochloric acid, which is used to dissolve any clogs in the drain pipe. But what the bottle does not say is that there is an equally good chance that the chemicals will dissolve your drain pipes as well. And the damage is not limited to pipes. It can remove the enamel from your sink or begin to erode your plumbing fixtures is it comes into contact with them.

Dangerous To The Environment

Once you have poured this toxic mess into your drains and hopefully removed a clog without destroying your drain pipes, you need to get rid of the container. And because of all the warnings on the label, you are happy to simply put the lid back on and throw the jug in the trashcan. You would never think of rinsing those harsh chemicals out of the container in your sink or tub. So the thick, viscous remains of the drain cleaner linger in the bottle until it reaches the landfill. And now that caustic concoction is released into the water supply and soil to contaminate the ecosystem.

Poor Results

In a best-case scenario, a chemical drain cleaner does not destroy your drain pipes, nor does it poison your loved ones. But it is also not likely to remove your drain clog. These liquids are not reliable when it comes to eliminating clogs or cleaning the inside of your drain pipes. The only guaranteed solution is a professional drain cleaning.

When you call  (318) 202-9144, a licensed plumber from Gordon AC & Plumbing will arrive equipped with high-tech tools to safely and correctly clean your drain. We use only a high-pressure jet of water to blast away clogs and the residue lining your drain pipes. This cleaning method is safe for your drains and the environment. And there are never any caustic fumes permeating your home.

The system we use to clean your drains provides enough volume to fill your drain pipes to wash 360 degrees inside all of the pipes. A liquid drain cleaner only “cleans” a small area that it touches as it runs down the lower portion of each pipe. Knowing this, we are very confident that our professional drain cleaning will get the job done right. And to back up our words, we offer a complete guarantee on our drain cleaning service and all of the work that we offer our clients.

When you discover a clogged drain, or better yet at the first sign of a slow clearing drain, don’t take matters into your own hands. Chemical drain cleaners are dangerous and will harm your drain pipes, your loved ones, and even your pets. Instead, call the pros you know you can trust at  (318) 202-9144 for guaranteed clean and clog-free drains.