How do drain cleaners work?

Tai Irwin
21 Feb 2014

BY Tai Irwin / 0 Comments

Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unblock Your Drain

North Shore PlumberA blocked drain is a common problem in homes and can be a real pain to fix. Most homeowners will try to fix the problem themselves with a do chemical drain cleaner from their local hardware store. This of course is usually turns out to be a failed attempt to save money. These chemical products can actually make things worse and in up costing you more in the long run. To make matters worse these products contain chemicals that can be toxic to your family as well as the environment.

Blocked drains are usually caused by material, such as hair and food particles that have gone down your drain. Corrosion from older pipes or busted pipes from tree roots can also cause a block or slow drain. Some drain cleaners will get rid of the block, but if the chemicals in the cleaner can eat through the block they can also eat through the material that your pipes are made from. If your pipes are made from PVC or Stainless Steel they can have issues with some chemical cleaners. Be especially mindful if you have a block with standing water in your sink or toilet, the cleaner will have to sit in the standing water for s specified amount of time dissolve your pipes. This could cause damage that will require expensive repairs later.

Chemical solutions will never permanently get rid of a block or fix the actual cause of the block, so it can return repeatedly. You could find yourself repeatedly purchasing chemical drain cleaners and it costing you as much if you would have just called a plumbing specialist from the start. If the block is treated right from the start by a trained plumber you can prevent drain issues and keep from creating more damage. Also keep in mind that commercial drain cleaners have dangerous chemicals that can cause injury to you if you use them.

Are the drains in your North Shore home blocked? Call Tai Irwin Plumbing at 02 9451-1863 and schedule a service call today!