What causes a drain problem?
If your sinks are draining slower than they usually do, chances are you have a blocked drain. Drains are usually caused by a build up of material for example, grease, hair, tissue paper, baby wipes or even a build up of solid food. A build up of any of these can cause a clog in the draining system.
Although the obvious solution to blocked drains is chemical drain cleaners, these are not always helpful. In fact, chemical drain cleaners can often worsen the situation, plumbers and drain specialists are regularly dealing with the results of using chemical drain cleaners. But why are drain cleaners so in-effective?
Why aren’t chemical drain cleaners effective?
Chemical drain cleaners will most likely only provide you with short term solutions and in the long run worsen your drain problems. Most drain cleaning solutions won’t actually help larger clogs or sewer problems.
- The chemicals are toxic – Many of the chemical drain cleaners actually contain highly toxic chemicals which are bad for the environment. This is even more apparent in some of the cheaper products. The results of using toxic chemicals can include eye, nose and even throat irritation. The chemicals also linger around for long periods of time which means you will be exposed to harsh toxins for much longer than just the 10-20 minutes that you used the product.
- The chemicals can be damaging – Due to the high intensity of the chemicals, they can actually cause more harm to your draining system. Drain damage is usually caused by certain acids from the actual drain chemical cleaners. The acids cause erosion to take place within the drain pipe which overtime weakens the drainage system. This can also lead to drain fractures and even in some cases collapsed pipes. This can be a rather expensive situation to get yourself into and be a big fix if various pipes have eroded or collapsed.
How to unblock drains safely and efficiently
If you suspect you have a blocked drain try and avoid using chemical draining cleaners. Instead, either seek advice from a professional plumber or invest in a plumbers snake rod. This is a great way to help with a variety of drainage problems. If this method is still ineffective then seek help from your local drainage experts.
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