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Liquid Cleaners: NOT The Go-To Solution for Clogged Drains

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When it comes to clogged drains, you may think that calling a plumber need not be your first reaction. Why bother dialing when all you really need is a bottle of commercial liquid drain cleaner, right? After all, it’s cheaper and requires less effort, so why bother with the professionals?

Sure, a bottle of cleaner is the obvious, quick-fix solution, but it’s not THE solution. There are numerous reasons why calling a local plumbing service in Denver is way better than depending on a bottle of drain cleaner. Liquid drain cleaners seem like your best friends, but these are the primary culprits behind damaged pipes and some health problems, too.

Remember the Pipes

Most liquid drain cleaners contain hydrochloric acid, which encourages chemical reactions within the drain pipe. The reactions result in heat generation; the pipe may suffer irreversible damage if the heat is too much. It’s also true that if the cleaner fails to do a complete job of dissolving the clog, the liquid chemicals sit on top of the clog while the rest of the reaction affects small sections of the pipe.

Heat is also the biggest enemy of plastic pipes, as raised temperatures could partially melt and deform the pipe’s surfaces. Similarly, the cleaner can also cause damage to rubber washers and other materials designed to keep pipes sealed. Metal pipes are more resistant to heat, but the heat also weakens the material, which may cause it to crack and form leaks eventually.

Keep Your Family Safe

If drain chemicals are harmful to metal and plastic pipes, imagine the adverse effects on human health. Would you want to expose yourself and your loved ones to this possibility?

Though drain formulas vary in chemical composition, they cause burns, especially if you get them on your skin. In even worse scenarios, some people accidentally get these formulas in their eyes, a situation that could result in blindness. Therefore, if you must use drain formula, it is always good to wear safety goggles. Additionally, the risks associated with drain cleaner poisoning by accidental ingestion or inhalation are likewise genuine.

Get Your Money’s Worth

Even if the cleaner doesn’t damage your pipes or affect your health, there is no guarantee the cleaner will be completely effective. For example, if the clog is due to grease buildup or a hairball.

Rather than waste your money, it’s best to call a plumber to clean the mess and diagnose the clog. Don’t just settle for regular cleaners. Done Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric is here to help with all of your clogged drain problems. So call us today and say goodbye to clogged drains and drain cleaners.

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