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Why Chemical Drain Cleaning Isn’t Actually Worth It

The water in your sink or bathtub isn’t draining quickly anymore. It seems like you had just treated it with chemical unclogger the other day, and yet here we are again, frustratedly standing in a shallow pool of water while we shower or waiting for the sink to empty to continue with dishes. Ironically the problem really lies in the fact that you’re using chemical cleaner in the first place. While it seems like it’s common knowledge to run to the store and pick up a bottle of chemical unclogger whenever our drains stop performing well, that practice does far more damage than good. Here are three reasons why you should stop using these products.

  • Chemical cleaner doesn’t actually unclog our pipes – The one thing such chemicals are advertised for is unclogging our pipes, so it’s surprising to learn that they don’t really do that at all. The way chemical unclogging agents work is that the corrosive liquid bores a hole in whatever disgusting amalgam of materials that has formed a watertight barrier in our pipes. However, a hole is simply that: a hole. The slime and debris that blocked the water in the first place are still entirely present with the exception of a small hole that’s been burned through it for water to get through. Only a professional cleaning will actually remove all the excess material from your pipes and get them running like new again.
  • It’s corrosive – The same solution that bores that hole through waste within the drains also can corrode the pipes they’re meant to clean. Regular use of such products will eventually cause irreparable damage to pipes and sewer lines that can lead to disastrous consequences. If you’re seeking sewer line repair in Oak Ridge, NC, our experts have the know-how and equipment to offer a lasting solution. 
  • It’s bad for YOUR health – We all probably know that plumbing liquids are a health hazard, but when we’re fixated with the concern of getting our drainage working to some degree again, we don’t put much thought into it. The chemicals in such products can cause lasting damage when they come into contact with human skin, and the fumes can potentially cause damage to the lungs and linger even after flushing out the drain with water after the suggested waiting time. 

If your pipes are in need of purging or your sewer lines are in need of repair, Go Green Plumbing, Heating, and Air offers a wide array of services to get your home or business back to peak infrastructural efficiency. We do it all, from pipe cleaning to energy-efficient tankless water heater installation in High Point, NC. Don’t find yourself without working drains or hot water during the winter months. Call today or contact us online to request an appointment.