If you have a clogged drain, your first thought might be to head to the grocery or hardware store for Drano, Liquid-Plumr, or some other type of commercial drain cleaner or drain clog remover. But wait—before you waste time and money on a solution that could end up being a band-aid fix at best and could even actually damage your pipes at worst, here’s what you need to know about the hazards of DIY drain cleaning with store-bought liquid drain cleaners.
1. You Could Damage Your Plumbing
Commercial drain cleaners rely on serious chemicals, and many homes’ plumbing pipes can be damaged by using them. Yep—Drano is bad for pipes and plumbing! Porcelain toilets can crack, and plastic or PVC pipes can easily corrode. Not only can this cause further plumbing issues for your home, it can also lead to major messes and a logistical headache.
2. Drain Cleaners Involve Toxic Chemicals
Ever taken a look at the label on a container of Drano? There are a lot of warnings about how harmful drain cleaner is to humans! Drain cleaner that splashes on your skin or clothes as the result of a clog can cause burns and other injuries.
If you’re determined to try to clear your pipes yourself, it’s much better to try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, or looking into purchasing a snake drain and clearing the clog with that.
3. Drano Is Usually Just a Temporary Fix
Odds are, the Drano you’re using isn’t completely getting rid of a clog in your plumbing—it’s just a partial fix that won’t last long. Then you’re back to the hardware store to grab another Drano, and still dealing with the same issue in your plumbing. Commercial drain cleaners might seem like a cheap solution in the short term, but they are unlikely to solve a plumbing problem for good.
When You Have a Clog, Call for Professional Drain Cleaning Services
There’s a reason why you don’t see professional plumbers (at least the ones worth the high cost of a plumber) using commercial liquid drain cleaners when you call them over for help—we know there are better, longer-lasting ways to clear a clogged drain!
At Bovio Rubino Service, our team of local plumbing experts can clear up even the toughest and most entrenched clogs in your Sicklerville, Mount Laurel, or Cherry Hill home, using a variety of professional tools and techniques, including:
- Video drain inspection
- Drain snakes
- Hydro jetting
- And more!
For added convenience, our Peace of Mind plumbing maintenance plan takes the pressure out of plumbing emergencies. Our South Jersey plumbers will inspect your home’s plumbing, offer priority service, waive service call fees, and more when you enroll!