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Why We Don’t Recommend Chemical Drain Cleaners

This is a scenario that most people are familiar with: A drain in the house clogs up completely. A plunger doesn’t do anything to clear it up. So the next step is to reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and see if that does the trick.

Unfortunately, this familiar scenario is also one of the worst possible outcomes for a clogged drain. Our professional plumbers do not recommend that homeowners resort to a store-bought liquid drain cleaner to clear clogs. In fact, no professional plumber recommends this as a drain cleaning option. There are some very good reasons for this, as we’ll go into below.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Ineffective

The best that you can hope for when it comes to using a store-bought liquid drain cleaner is to cut a hole through a clog. These chemicals can temporarily open a drain, but they are not effective at eliminating the majority of the waste in the drainpipe. Tough clogs, especially hair clogs, will leave behind enough residue to start the build-up again—and that means clogs will be back in no time at all.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Damage Piping

This liquid drain cleaners are big bottles of acidic chemicals, such as lye, and they can cause damage to the interior of a drain. The chemicals remain in the drains for long after they’re initially poured down them, giving them plenty of time to chew into the metal.

Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Highly Toxic

…and we don’t just mean to swallow (although if you have pets and kids around, this becomes a frightening possibility). The fumes that these drain cleaners give off when they’re used can burn skin and eyes. They’re terrible for the environment as well when the bottles end up in landfills.

If you want tough clogs cleared away effectively and safely, you only need to contact us for the drain cleaning that will do the job.

Call on Sweetwater Plumbing for the finest in professional drain cleaning in Anaheim, CA. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

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