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Why DIY Drain Cleaners Are Harmful

You may have heard that DIY liquid drain cleaners can be harmful to our pipes, our home and ourselves. There are safer ways to unblock drains and pipes, and it’s important to understand what makes DIY drain cleaners so problematic and why you shouldn’t use them.

Bad for the Environment

DIY liquid drain cleaners can have hazardous effects on the environment including water supplies and air contamination. The more these drain cleaners are used, the worse the pollution in our environment becomes. These drain cleaners also give off harsh fumes that can cause illness if inhaled often.

Bad for Pipes

In order to remove stubborn clogs and blockages, liquid drain cleaner is corrosive. This means that, whilst it can remove our problems with blockages, it can also create more problems by corroding our pipes, specifically those that are made from galvanised steel or cast iron.

Bad for our Pockets

DIY liquid drain cleaner can be very expensive, particularly in cases where pipes tend to clog up frequently. Whilst it may be cheaper to buy in bulk, DIY liquid drain cleaner is still the more expensive option when compared to other drain cleaning alternatives.

Bad around Kids & Pets

Those with children or pets should use chemical drain cleaners with caution. They should always be kept away from reach of children to ensure they cannot touch or drink the liquid. It is recommended that it is stored in a cabinet inaccessible by children or pets.

Bad for Doing the Job!

DIY liquid drain cleaners available from the supermarket are not always capable of removing certain blockages. Whilst it may work for clogs made up of organic matter like hair and food, more complicated clogs in the sewer may require professional help.

Fortunately, there are a number of fantastic, tried and tested alternatives, such as vinegar and baking soda solutions, a plumber’s auger or professional help.

At Drain Checker UK, we can help repair and unclog your drains, all without the use of chemical drain cleaner! For more information about how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team today by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 0800 849 8099.