Now that winter is here, your drains are even more prone to clogging because of the oil and grease, combined with the cold, making it stick to the pipes even faster.

There are various methods you can clean clogged drains by yourself, but are you sure that what you’re using is safe for you and those around you? You never know, even the most common items may pose a threat to you and your family. Here are common concoctions used to unclog drains.

Chemical Cleaners

Almost every household has this hidden under their sinks and the reason these are effective is that they contain poisonous and powerful toxins used to break down the blockage. Effective, sometimes, but you need to take a precaution at all times because these are harmful to your health. If these chemicals are powerful enough to dissolve the blockage, just imagine how it can affect your body.

Once it comes in contact with your eyes or your skin, this may cause a painful rash. Some products may even cause burns. Inhaling it can cause irritation to your throat and lungs, which may lead to sneezing and headaches. While you’re health is our primary concern, these chemicals can also be harmful for your plumbing system. The corrosive chemicals don’t just work through the blockage, they can also eat through weak areas in pipes and damage sealants like rubber washers leading to a potential leak in your home.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This is a popular alternative for cleaning clogged drains, but that doesn’t mean it’s effective every time. It may fizz, but it’s not doing any deep cleaning that will break down the gunk stuck in the pipes. Vinegar is an acid while baking soda is a base. The most you end up with is water with a small amount of salt in it. You can’t wash oil and grease away with these.


You can find lye in some chemical drain cleaners. While you don’t need a permit to buy it, it’s still more dangerous than most household items.

Lye is combustible once it is exposed to moisture, which is also necessary to activate its corrosive power. In relation to this, the heat it produces, once exposed to moisture, can melt through plastic pipes in the plumbing system.

Leave clogged drains to those with the right equipment. Your DIY efforts may backfire and only end up in disaster. Not only will you end up with expensive repairs but you may also end up in the hospital.

Instead of resorting to buying chemicals or concocting your own drain cleaners, try looking for a competent plumber in Denver. With Done Plumbing & Heating, we offer you fast, efficient solutions by qualified, certified, and licensed technicians, especially for problems such as clogged drains. Our prices are affordable, but that doesn’t compromise the quality of our work.

For more infomation on using liquid cleaners for clogged drains, check out our blog Liquid Cleaners: NOT The Go-To Solution for Clogged Drains.

Let’s be honest: Nobody thinks about their plumbing and heating until there’s a problem.

What most people don’t realize is that most of those problems can be anticipated and often avoided with regular maintenance – usually at a far lower cost than a repair or replacement.

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