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May 24, 2017 · No Comments

This was a recent ad slogan I saw during a commercial for a popular drain cleaning product.


I have also heard the following phrase from several customers when we are called in to clear a clogged drain, “well I used a liquid drain cleaner and it didn't do anything.” I find it interesting in their commercials that they always show the clog in the P-trap which is the U-shaped pipe underneath your sink. In general, we find the clog further down the pipe; it is almost never found in the P-trap. I also find it curious in the commercial which always shows a sink full of water and the person dumps in the product which magically sifts its way down through all that water (staying in a nice little cloud) and reaches the clog, clearing the drain. Liquids just do not work that way. 


Needless to say, I'm not a fan of these products and it's not just because I'm trying to make a buck or scare you away from those products. It's because not only do they usually not work very well, they can be dangerous to people, dangerous to pipes, and horrible for the environment. Even the ones that say “won’t damage pipes” will damage pipes.


This is a warning from a bottle of a popular liquid drain cleaner … “Never use 'our product' with other drain-cleaning products. The bleach contained in 'our product' can react with other chemicals, such as ammonia, to create toxic vapors. Also, use of a plunger can be dangerous, as the product can damage skin, eyes and mucus membranes on contact. Handling lye in any form can cause chemical burns and skin damage, and ingesting it can result in permanent injury or death.” Enough said!


There is no rule that says over the counter drain clog removers cannot be used or handled safely. However, I will warn you that the chemicals in these agents could eat away at your pipes quickly. In fact, they can even deteriorate and corrode metal piping, especially in older piping systems. If you use them frequently or if the chemical does not resolve the clog, it will just sit in your pipes and could cause you a major problem. 


For reoccurring clogs, you should always call for professional help rather than risk damage to your plumbing system. If you have a particular drain that is clogged or slow, please call and schedule an appointment and one of our drain cleaning experts will resolve the issue in a safe and effective manner. Call 847-227-0200 or 630-227-0200 where one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives will be happy to book an appointment for you today. 


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