If you are like many people, when you notice that water is starting to pool up in your shower or your sink, you probably reach for the drain cleaner and move on. However, this is a dangerous way to deal with clogged drains and there is more and more evidence that it can cause problems for the pipes that make up your plumbing system. The Original $49.95 Plumber is here to talk about how chemical drains cleaners could be affecting your drains and what you can do as an alternative to these chemicals.
Are Drain Cleaners Safe or Damaging to Pipes?
The chemical drain cleaners that you can find in stores are damaging due the fact that they are caustic and oxidizing. If they come in contact with pipes that are already old, they can cause serious damage. When they come in contact with even the newer plastic pipes, they can cause damage because they create heat. The heat they often cause can cause plastic pipes to warp and will surely lead to leaking.
What Can I Use Instead of a Chemical Drain Cleaner?
Luckily, there are several alternatives that can help you get rid of clogs in your drains without causing all that damage.
– Household Cleaners: There are several different household items that you have on hand and can be used to clean your drains. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the best things you can use to get rid of a clog. Mix together vinegar and baking soda in a cup over the clogged drain to catch the bubbling over that is sure to happen. Pour that mixture down the drain and let it do its fizzing magic down there. After it has sat in the drain for several minutes and you don’t hear any more fizzing, you can wash it down the drain. This can be repeated as many times as you need to.
– Hanger: You can bend a wire hanger to help you get rid of a clog as well. Have a small hook at the end of the hanger so that you can grab the clog out of the drain.
– Plumber’s Auger: You can purchase a plumber’s auger from your local hardware store if the other two options don’t work for you. It is similar to a drain snake but a little safer for someone without training to use. Crank the auger down until it makes contact with the clog and the twist it right out of your pipe.
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If you have tried the tips shared above and they haven’t worked, it’s time to call on the pros at The Original $49.95 Plumber to come and help you get rid of your clog for good. We will safely remove any clogs that you are dealing with from your drains without causing any damage to your pipes and you can’t beat the price. Call us today!