Can You Buy any Drain Cleaner and Start Using it? Here’s What need To Know

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In the event of blockages in drains, people tend to use drain cleaners before they even call Oakland drain cleaning services.  There are many drain cleaners readily available at cheap prices in the market, and no wonder why people first use them on their clogged drains.

On contrary to their popularity as being a convenient and inexpensive product, these drain cleaners can wreak havoc on the pipes and are dangerous to use. These drain cleaners include chemicals or toxins in them that will eat away at whatever is responsible for the clog. When you have a minor clog, these drain cleaners might work, but they also come with negative effects on your plumbing and health. In fact, they make the situation worse than fixing it.

There are other environmentally friendly methods that are simple and safe enough to be used on clogged drains.

In this blog, we will discover the ways and also the reasons why you shouldn’t use chemical or liquid drain cleaners:

  • Drain Cleaners contains chemicals that can pose a health risk

In addition to being bad for the pipes, they can also be harmful to your health. The chemical and substances they contain are a health concern if you breathed in the fumes emitted by them. Some also might have chemicals that are not safe for you because these can cause cutaneous burns.  The toxicity levels can be so high that it is harmful to the health.

  • Cause pipes to Degrade

Drain cleaners may seem to be effective, but they can cause more damage than good. It is because of the chemicals present in them. They are designed to eat away all the buildup causing a clog but at the same time, they can damage or corrode your plumbing pipes.  If you have old metallic and plastic pipes, continuous use will damage them and lead you to call an emergency plumber Oakland for pipe replacement.

Ways that can help get rid of the clogs rather than using drain cleaners

  • Plunger

Plungers’ use is not limited to toilet clogs. However, make sure you buy the right and clean plunger for your sink drains. For toilet clogs, go for bell plungers.

  • Baking soda + vinegar

Take about one cup of both baking soda and vinegar, and mix them. Then, pour this solution down the drain. After an hour, take 2 cups of hot water and flush it down the drain.

  • Use boiling water

Boil water and pour it down the drain that is clogged. While you do so, make sure you flush the hot water down at a slow pace. Repeat this 3-4 times as it can take this much time to dissolve the clog.

  • Dish detergent

Have you used dish detergent to clear clogs? If not, you should try it. Take the fourth cup of dish detergent, and pour it down the drain. This can work to clear your drain. Also, use boiled water after it if necessary. If the clogs still refuse to dissolve, you need to call drain cleaning and water heater repair Oakland professionals.

  • Drain Snakes

Drain snakes are easily available in the market and can be purchased at affordable prices. Buy one, use it on the clogged drains. If it is a minor clog, it will work well.