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5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Using Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain

5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Using Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain


Using chemicals to unclog your drain is ill-advised for many reasons. From children to Mother Nature, we need to stop buying such harmful products and look to natural and biodegradable solutions to our plumbing problems. 

Poisonous to Kids: First and foremost, drain cleaners are deadly. No matter how careful parents are children still get into locked chemicals under the sink on a daily basis. Do not take chances with your loved one and let them become a statistic. Stop buying chemicals that put them at risk.

Bad for the Environment: When you dump a big bottle of drain cleaner down the drain, where do those harsh chemicals go? If you have a septic system, those chemicals head to your septic tank with the rest of the gray water in your home, where it is filtered and released back into the ground water.

Toxic Fumes: The second you open that cap, you are exposing yourself to toxic fumes. No one knows the true extent that these fumes can harm you, but there is a skull and crossbones on that jug for a reason.

Chemical Reaction: Did you know that you could cause a chemical reaction with the last bottle of drain cleaner you poured down there? We all know not to mix bleach and ammonia, but who is to say what ingredients are in each bottle, and how they will react with each other. You kitchen sink is not a chemistry class.

Damage Pipes: Last, but certainly not least, pouring harsh chemicals down the drain can corrode your pipes. PVC pipes can soften and older, metal pipes can become corroded. If you are seeing dollar signs right about now, you should. The few dollars saved using a cheap chemical drain cleaner are nothing compared to the future cost of replacing those pipes.

Need to clean the drains in your Berkeley home? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating at (510) 876-9725 and set up an appointment today!

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