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Steer Clear of Chemical Drain Cleaners

We’re plumbers. We understand that slow-moving drains and pipe clogs can be the absolute worst thing to deal with on a regular basis. They’re a total nuisance and will cause stress when you least expect it. That being said, we’d like to ask you to avoid the aisle at the supermarket with chemical drain cleaners.

It doesn’t help that chemical drain cleaners are marketed so well on brightly colored bottles. They might look like a one-way ticket to clear drains—but they’re more like a one-way trip to corroded pipes. If you need help with your plumbing in Deptford Township, NJ, you won’t find it in one of those bottles.

You’re better off calling for a professional’s help when it comes to a drain clog or other plumbing issue. Why? Keep reading as we get into it.

Don’t Be Tempted

Chemical drain cleaners propose a simple solution. In an ideal world, you’d be able to pour these totally safe chemicals down your drain and they would eat away at whatever is clogging your drain. Eventually, they’d get flushed out of sight and out of mind, and your plumbing system would be clean. Right?

Unfortunately, that’s a pipe dream. Chemical drain cleaners don’t work as easily as that and they also bring along with them a slew of harmful effects that they’re not too keen on telling homeowners about. Let’s take a look at some of the negative aspects of chemical drain cleaners.

Harmful Chemicals

We’ll get to your pipes in a second, first we’d like to talk about you and your family. Chemical drain cleaners often contain hazardous chemicals that expel fumes. These fumes are dangerous to breathe, causing respiratory irritation, coughing, sneezing, and other issues with your eyes, nose, and throat. The fumes that come from chemical drain cleaners also remain in your bathroom or kitchen long after they’re poured down the drain.

Did we mention that these chemicals are harmful for the environment as well? It might feel like they get flushed away when they go down the drain, but they’re ending up somewhere in your town or city. Small animals, plants, trees, and other parts of the ecosystem will be harmed when you use them.

Poor Cleaners

Aside from all the harmful effects that come from chemical drain cleaners—they barely even work! They can often get stuck in your drain without clearing the clog. Also many formulas that are used for these chemicals actually corrode the interior lining of your pipes. They’ll basically eat away at your pipes instead of your drain clog. Isn’t that the opposite of what you want?

Don’t you want a solution that actually clears your drain? You won’t get that with a chemical drain cleaner. You’ll be gambling with the health and safety of your plumbing and your family. Instead, why not contact your local plumber who has the tools and experience to clear your drains effectively? We know, calling the plumber sounds like a hassle to many homeowners. But when the alternative is ruining your plumbing system and negatively affecting your health, it doesn’t sound so bad.

Call the professional plumbers at SPS Mechanical Inc. when you need help. Comfort at your service.

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