Are Drain Cleaner Products Bad for Your Drains?

If you’ve been to a hardware or home improvement store and browsed the plumbing section, you’ve probably seen a health selection of drain cleaner products that claim they can tackle even the toughest clogs and get your drains flowing free and clear again at a much lower cost than having a professional tackle the issue for you. But is the savings really worth it? If you knew what those drain cleaners do to your home, you’d probably think otherwise.

What Drain Cleaners Do

Chemical drain cleaners are often substances with extremely strong dissolving capabilities. This gives them the ability to eat away through all sorts of different substances that may have caused a clog, including both organic and inorganic material. While this may seem like a good idea, what many people don’t realize is that most of the time they simply wear a small hole in the clog because they can only cover a small portion of the pipe. They never get rid of the entire clog.

What’s worse is that drain cleaners can eat away nearly anything, and that includes the walls of the pipe itself. Drain cleaners have been known to dissolve pipes of all types, including iron, copper, steel, and PVC plastic. So while you might at least clear enough of a hole for you drain to work again, you could be doing serious long-term damage to your plumbing that may require extensive repairs later.

Why Choose a Fort Myers Plumber?

Having a plumber sort out your clog issue is a much more reliable method of getting rid of the problem completely and reducing its chances of ever returning. Plumbers use specialized tools and well-practiced techniques to completely clean the inside of your pipes and remove all traces of the clog that was slowing down your drains. These tools also don’t do any damage to the inside of your pipes, so you don’t have to worry about the de-clogging process doing any extra damage to your pipes that you’ll have to fix again later. When you think about it, even though it might be the more expensive option up front, you’re actually saving yourself money in the long run by preventing further issues from emerging.

What About Bacteria Cleaners?

Bacteria cleaners are a new and popular drain cleaning solution, and there is some merit to them. These cleaners use a form of bacteria that’s harmless to humans and pets and your plumbing, but eats away at organic material that forms in your plumbing and causes clogs. This can result in a much better result than a traditional drain cleaner chemical, provided your clog is organic in nature. If it’s not, then these solutions won’t help you and you’ll need to reach out to a professional for a better solution.

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