There is nothing more annoying than a clogged drain while you’re taking a shower. The water is quickly circling your ankles, continues to rise, and you’ve barely rinsed the shampoo from your hair. We want quick solutions to our plumbing problems during times like these, so we reach for a chemical drain cleaner.
It’s true that chemical drain cleaners are convenient, but don’t let that fool you. While they might be able to remove a minor clog, they present a major threat to your plumbing system. If you have a severe blockage or root obstruction, drain cleaners won’t even work, and you could be damaging your plumbing for no reason.
Here are a few reasons you should avoid chemical drain cleaners to protect your plumbing system and prevent further damage.
Septic System Damage
Chemical drain cleaners can kill the natural bacteria found in your septic tank. These bacteria are necessary to break down waste. After repeated use of chemical drain cleaners, your septic system will become less effective and may need repair or replacement.
The chemicals in drain cleaners are intended to cut through whatever is clogging the drain. These harsh chemicals can corrode your pipes. When drain cleaners are used repeatedly over a long period of time, they can cause holes to form in your pipes. The pipes will eventually need to be replaced.
The active agents in these chemical cleaners are harmful to the environment because they make their way to your area’s public water system. These cleaners can release toxic fumes into the environment that cause respiratory distress.
If you use different types of drain cleaners, there is a possibility that a chemical reaction can begin to brew within your plumbing system. The mixing of ammonia and bleach can result in toxic fumes being emitted into your home, putting you and your family in danger.
While they may appear to provide a short-term solution, chemical drain cleaners are not effective for every type of clog. Some clogs will not dissolve when drain cleaners are used—for example clogs caused by tree roots. Severe clogs will require help from a plumber.
If your pipes or septic system have suffered damage from harsh chemical drain cleaners, Inland Empire Leak Detection is here to help. We offer emergency leak repair and repiping services in the Riverside, CA, area.