When you have a clogged drain in your home, chances are you’re desperate to do whatever you can to unclog the drain and restore the normal functioning of your home’s plumbing system. Pouring chemical drain cleaners down the drain is one of the most common methods people use to try to clear a blockage from a clogged drain. Using chemical drain cleaners is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to unclog a drain in your home, so it makes sense why using chemical drain cleaners is such a common practice. 

Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners are not nearly as good as they seem to be. In fact, pouring chemical cleaners down your drain can lead to a wide variety of problems that range from health issues to dangerous chemical reactions to serious damage to your home plumbing system. If you want to learn more about the hazards of using chemical drain cleaners, keep reading to learn five reasons why you should avoid chemical cleaners for the drains in your home.

Avoid Chemical Cleaners For the Drain

Avoid Chemical Cleaners For the Drain

  1. Health Hazards 

Chemical cleaners for the drain consists of harsh chemicals, many of which are toxic to humans and animals. Keeping chemical drain cleaners in your home and using them to try to unclog your drains puts your entire household at risk of developing health problems—especially if you have pets or small children in your home who might consume the drain cleaner if it is not stored somewhere safely. 

Even if you don’t consume drain cleaner, just inhaling the fumes from chemical drain cleaners can have a negative impact on your health and inflict burns on your respiratory system. Also, if chemical drain cleaners come into contact with your skin—which is a very likely possibility when you use these cleaners, even if you wear gloves while you use them—they can cause serious burns and rashes. 

  1. Environmental Harm 

The environmental impact of chemical drain cleaners is—to put it simply—not good. The harsh chemicals that make up chemical drain cleaners are very harmful to the environment.

Chemical drain cleaners can pollute the water supply, which can harm or even kill the plants and animals that live in or come into contact with the polluted water. Any harsh chemical residue that is left in a chemical drain cleaner bottle that is thrown away also eventually ends up in a landfill and can cause damage to the environment there as well. 

  1. Chemical Reactions 

Pouring chemical drain cleaners down your drain leaves residue behind in the pipes underneath the drain. This chemical residue can later react with other substances you pour down your drain. 

The chemical reaction that results from this interaction can be dangerous and can damage your pipes and pose serious risks to your health and the health of any other humans and/or animals that live in your household. 

  1. Plumbing System Damage 

Chemical drain cleaners are designed to fix plumbing problems—namely clogged drains—but they can actually cause serious damage to your home plumbing system. 

The harsh chemicals in chemical drain cleaners can corrode the pipes in your home plumbing system, which can cause the pipes to deteriorate quickly and require repairs or replacements. 

If you have a septic system, the chemicals in chemical drain cleaners can also ruin the delicate balance of natural bacteria in your septic tank and cause your septic system to malfunction or become less effective over time. 

  1. Ineffective Results 

Chemical drain cleaners are simply not worth the many risks they pose. One of the biggest problems with chemical drain cleaners is how ineffective they actually are. Chemical drain cleaners are advertised with lofty promises that claim that pouring a certain chemical cleaner down your drain is guaranteed to unclog the drain immediately. 

However, this is often not the case. Chemical drain cleaners are not miracle cures for all drain clogs. While they are sometimes effective at clearing very minor blockages inside drains, they are ineffective at breaking down the sources of more serious clogs. In many cases, chemical drain cleaners cause more harm than good.

If you use a chemical drain cleaner, you will likely end up having to call a professional plumber to get your drain unclogged anyway—and you’ll have to pay for those services on top of the money and time you’ve already wasted on buying and using chemical drain cleaners. 

Rather than trying to unclog your drain with a chemical drain cleaner, it is a much better idea to call a professional plumber to come to inspect your drain and unclog it using a safer and more effective technique that also won’t wreak havoc on your health or the environment.

We hope that these tips as to why you should avoid chemical cleaners for your drains at home provide some help. If you need some emergency assistance with your draining at home, contact us!