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Why you shouldn’t use chemical drain cleaners

Queenslanders often face the annoyance of clogged drains in their homes. Whether it’s in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, a blocked drain can disrupt daily life and cause frustration.

In such situations, many homeowners turn to quick fixes like store-bought drain cleaners. However, while these products may promise convenience and immediate results, they often come with hidden dangers and long-term consequences. Instead, opting for the services of a qualified plumber not only ensures a proper resolution but also mitigates risks associated with drain cleaners. Here’s why you should think twice before pouring that chemical concoction down your drain pipes:

  1. Health Hazards: Drain cleaners typically contain harsh chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, or bleach. These substances give off fumes that can be harmful if inhaled, leading to respiratory problems or skin irritation upon contact. Accidental ingestion, especially by children or pets, can result in severe injuries.
  2. Pipe Damage: While drain cleaners may temporarily clear a clog, they can also cause damage to your plumbing system in the long run. The corrosive nature of these chemicals can eat away at pipes, leading to leaks, cracks, or even complete pipe failure. In Queensland, where many homes have older plumbing systems, this risk is particularly concerning. The cost of repairing or replacing damaged pipes far outweighs the initial savings of using a store-bought drain cleaner.
  3. Environmental Impact: Pouring chemical drain cleaners down the sink introduces toxic substances into the water supply, posing a threat to aquatic life and ecosystems. These chemicals can also leach into the soil, contaminating groundwater and affecting plants and wildlife.
  4. Incomplete Solutions: While drain cleaners may provide a temporary fix by clearing the immediate blockage, they often fail to address the underlying issues causing repeated clogs. Whether it’s tree roots invading the pipes, grease buildup, or structural defects, only employing the services of a plumber can truly diagnose the cause and implement lasting solutions to prevent future problems.

So, while the convenience of drain cleaners may seem appealing, the risks that they pose outweigh any short-term benefits. Entrusting your plumbing issues to a qualified plumber means that you not only safeguard your health and the environment but also ensure a thorough and effective resolution. The next time you encounter a stubborn clog, resist the temptation to reach for that bottle of chemicals. Instead, call us for a hassle-free and professional approach to drain maintenance.

Our $99* Drain Check is a great way to get a simple blockage resolved. If the blockage is more complicated, our plumbers carry with them all the latest equipment including drain cameras and drain jetters or eels to quickly resolve the issue.

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