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2 Things You Should Know About Drain Cleaners

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

All drain cleaners are not created equally

Millions of homeowners are surprised by a clogged drain each year, and most of them reach for one of the more common chemical drain cleaner bottles they have on hand or can find in one of the big box stores. While the cleaner may be adept at clearing away a small clog in a toilet or sink, the liquid and chemical granules can do major damage to household pipes in some cases. Here are two things to beware of when you use chemical drain clearing products.

All Cleaners Are Not Created Equally

The majority of drain cleaners fall into one of three categories:

  • Acids such as muriatic or sulfuric
  • Oxidizers such as bleach or nitrate
  • Caustics such as potash or lye

Though they all work with a heat-producing reaction to the area around them, there are differences in clogs that can alter the productive nature of the process. Some hair, toilet paper, or grime clogs may easily break down when the heat interacts with them, while oils, fats, and toy cars may not break down when the heat is introduced. In fact, this type of clogged drain may become more embedded in the pipe as it melts and reforms. If the clog worsens, call a water removal specialist to help in the sewage cleaning process.

Old Homes Have Fragile Pipes

As plumbing pipes age, they can develop stress fractures, movement cracks, and thin spots. If the clog occurs near one of these weak points and a heat or pressurized chemical cleaner is introduced, the pipe may burst or warp from the pressure. The combination of heat and force could also cause the pipe to burst, thus multiplying your water damage problem.

A clogged drain in your White House, MO, home may bring a moment of frustration, but if you use a cleaning solution on your drain, it could cause additional damage. Knowing the facts about how drain cleaners work can keep your plumbing pipes intact.

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