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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Naughty or Nice?

Chemical drain cleaners are very naughty. They all claim that they can bust up that problem clog, but they all do not do the job well...or really at all. Not to mention, they can also present several different risks to your home.

Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

When you have a clog, you will want to do all you can to get that clog out. An untreated clog can have wastewater backing into your home very quickly. No one wants to deal with that kind of a mess. However, it is better to call a plumber out than to use chemical cleaners, and here’s why:

They Are Not Efficient: Often, these chemical cleaners simply do not break up what is clogging your pipes. This is because there is no physical force to break up the clog. Rather, they poke holes through your clog, alleviating some of the symptoms, but not addressing the root of the problem.

They Are Toxic: Drain cleaners are full of toxic chemicals that can harm you, your family, and your pets. You can accidentally splash the drain cleaner on you, causing severe skin burns. Additionally, if the drain cleaner does not break up the clog, it can quickly come back up and into your home, exposing you and your family to these chemicals.

They Can Damage Pipes: Chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes. The chemical reaction that is made when the chemicals combine can cause extreme heat, which may eat away at your pipes causing extreme deterioration.

Instead of using any kind of chemical drain cleaner on your pipes, you should call your local plumber and have them come out to fix the clog. They will be able to get your clog out quickly and without posing a threat to your plumbing or your family.

You can rest easy knowing that your plumbing is intact for the holidays. If you want further information on why Santa should place chemical drain cleaners right on the naughty list, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical at (717) 207-9952! We are here to inform and provide service!

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