Liquid drain cleaners, like Liquid Plumber and Drano, are intensely strong and dangerous household chemicals made to clear drain and pipe clogs. We’ve all probably used them at one time or another, and we have probably asked ourselves at some point about their safety and about whether they might damage drains and sewer pipes.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using liquid drain cleaners:
Liquid drain cleaners are okay for minor clogs, but they should not be used for major clogs. They can get trapped in your pipes and cause serious damage. Remember, these are dangerous chemicals.
There is also the danger of trapped liquid drain cleaners mixing with other chemicals. There have been reported cases where a chemical eruption occurred due to mixing. This can cause severe chemical burns and blindness. If you do not know for sure what other chemicals might be present in the pipe, you should probably not try fixing the problem chemically.
Repeated use of liquid drain cleaners simply means you have a more serious, systemic problem with your drain lines. It is definitely not advisable to keep pouring them (or your money) down the drain. It’s not cost-effective and it’s a potential health threat.
Drano and drain-off. It’s long been affirmed that these chemicals run off into groundwater and can potentially find themselves back in the potable (drinkable) water supply. So again, if it’s a minor clog, it’s probably OK to use it in a pinch. However, if you are concerned with our environment, you might want to stick to methods like hot water, Baking soda and vinegar and hand-snaking first. Again, if those fail to work, give us a call and we’ll come out and evaluate your situation.