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Steer Clear of Drain Cleaning Chemicals

There’s always an aisle at the grocery store full of plumbing things. From drain snakes to plungers, it can be a pretty helpful aisle to pick up things you might want to use on your clogged drain, while you’re also there to pick up groceries. However, there’s one part of that aisle at the grocery store that’s not a good thing to invest in, and that’s drain cleaning chemicals.

No, we’re not going to point you to a specific brand of drain chemicals, and we’re not just opinionated on this, all drain cleaning chemicals are bad for your drains for very simple scientific reasons.

If you’re looking to preserve the quality and condition of your home’s pipes and rain system, then you’re much better off saving your money and calling us for drain cleaning in Bloomington, IL. We can remove clogs using tried and tested natural solutions that don’t involve chemicals or harsh materials.

Caustic or Acidic Chemicals: How They Work

Chemical reactions are a very interesting topic, but one that can be dangerous if you don’t know what the chemicals are or what they do. Think about the science experiments your kids might be doing in school, like the infamous baking soda and vinegar volcano! This is a chemical reaction that can be violent to the point where it resembles an explosion. That’s very entertaining, but we’re looking for useful chemical reactions, not entertaining ones.

Chemicals react with certain types of materials and–depending on how basic or acidic the chemical is–the material might dissolve or be broken apart so it can be flushed down the drain. This might sound like a handy solution, but there are some side effects that you might want to know about!

The Effects of Chemical Reactions

Here are some drain chemical effects that you might not be aware of.

  • Pipelining degradation. We don’t get to choose which materials the drain chemical will break down, and sometimes they can break apart the lining of your pipe system. This can be bad and lead to several expensive repairs down the line if you continually use them.
  • Fume release. Chemicals can release fumes that are nauseating and distressing to respiratory health. They can even linger for hours or days, rendering your bathroom or kitchen inoperable.
  • Health effects. Chemicals can burn you when they come in contact with your skin, nose, ears, eyes, or mouth. These can range from small rashes to full-on chemical burns. We urge you to reach out for medical help if you encounter a chemical burn.

Choose Our Team Instead

Chemicals are only one of many different types of methods that homeowners can use to eliminate clogs in their drains. When you call our team for help, we have access to powerful, natural solutions that can get the job done without risking the integrity of your plumbing system or your personal health. We offer hydro-jetting, which is a unique solution where a pressurized water hose is attached to an auger and lowered into your drain. This high-powered water jet can remove any clogging material and free up your drain without any chemicals!

Call Pipeworks Inc. to have your drain cleared through natural and safe methods.

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