5 Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Why Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Not The Solution to Blocked Drains

The supermarket is our one stop shop for numerous challenges around the house. Whether it’s stain removers, oven cleaners, or drain unblockers, our local store can solve the problem. Or can it? Pouring chemicals down a drain, without knowing what effects those chemicals might have, may lead to more problems than they can solve. In this article, we look at 5 reasons to avoid chemical drain cleaners.


5 Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

  1. The Chemicals in Drain Cleaners are Toxic & Corrosive
  2. They May Make the Blockage Worse
  3. Chemical Drain Cleaners Can Damage Your Plumbing
  4. They are Bad for the Environment
  5. Drain Cleaners May Mask a Complex Problem

1. The Chemicals in Drain Cleaners are Toxic & Corrosive

Drainflow engineers have witnessed a number of injuries resulting from splashes and inhalation of the chemicals used in drain cleaners. The bottles tend to come with a list of precautions to take before applying them, and there are particular warnings for households with children and pets.

The chemicals used in these products are dangerous to handle and have around the house, whereas the solutions offered by drain clearance teams involve specialist tools to accurately manage carefully diagnosed problems. There are no chemicals involved in the work we do.

2. They May Make The Blockage Worse

A chemical drain cleaner is a blunt instrument sent down a drain to overcome an unknown foe (the blockage). They are not a precision response to a known problem, and in some cases, they are exactly the wrong solution for the problem. A drain cleaner may react badly, or erratically when they come into contact with items causing the blockage. Worst of all, a chemical cleaner may cause damage to drains without solving the problem.

Drainflow invests in equipment that allows us to diagnose with precision before applying any solution to a drain blockage. This makes the fix more efficient, effective and – ultimately – more affordable.

3. Chemical Drain Cleaners Can Damage Your Plumbing

Chemical drain cleaners are designed to dissolve, or ‘eat’, the grease, soap, hair, products that are causing a blockage. Unfortunately, they can also dissolve your plumbing. The sulphuric acid, caustic soda, and hydrochloric acid which is likely to be found in drain cleaners can melt plastic pipes and corrode metal pipes in older houses.

4. They Are Bad For The Environment

As well as causing potential damage to skin, eyes or lungs, chemical drain cleaners are not in the least environmentally friendly. Once sluiced down your drain pipes they may enter water treatment plants, rivers, or the sea, and cause long term damage to the environment, animals, and humans.

5. Drain Cleaners May Mask a Complex Problem

When householders experience a drainage problem, such as a bad smell or slow draining water, it’s an inconvenience to be fixed. For drain clearance specialists, though, it can be a symptom of problems deeper in the drainage system, such as a collapsed pipe, tree root ingress, or rodent infestation.

A chemical-based product may offer temporary relief, but there’s a chance the symptoms will return. Drainflow engineers often deal with complex drainage problems that have deteriorated over time, and become more expensive to fix as a result.


Why Call in Drain Clearance for a Blockage?

Brands eager to sell their products are keen to persuade customers that sink blockages are a normal occurrence that can be dealt with effectively by applying their brand. This is not the case. In some instances, a blockage is simple to deal with, and can be solved by using a basic household plunger. But if this doesn’t work, we would always recommend calling in a drain clearance specialist to take a look.

Drainflow uses specialist equipment such as CCTV drain cameras or drain jetting hoses to keep household drain clean and healthy. Our fixes are long-term, and they won’t cause any harm to pets, children, or yourself. In most cases, we are able to accurately diagnose, and clear, blockages on our first visit.


Having problems with a drain blockage? Call Drainflow for a prompt response and an effective, long-term solution.