Whether they be liquid, gel or powder form, most of the drain cleaners you'll find on store shelves and they use strong chemicals. All chemical reactions involve moving electrons, and drain cleaners work by either taking or giving electrons to the clogging substance, generating heat in the process. There are three main types of drain cleaners:
As most of these products generate heat, they may soften the polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, pipes found in homes today. However, such damage is rare if you use the drain cleaner as directed - damage is more likely to occur when drain cleaner is used on older, metal pipes.
Aside from their effect on pipes, there are other disadvantages to chemical drain cleaners. They're extremely toxic if swallowed, and they can burn eyes, skin and mucous membranes and eat through clothing. They can release toxic fumes, and if used inadequately, they can lead to explosions. These products can also harm septic systems by killing beneficial bacteria, and they can mar bathroom and kitchen fixtures.
If you use chemical drain cleaners, read the directions carefully and heed all the warnings. Use the product in a well-ventilated area, wear rubber gloves, and keep children and pets away from the drain. Never mix different drain cleaners, and don't use a plunger in conjunction with drain cleaners. Most drain cleaners advise us to wait 15 minutes or more after pouring the product into the drain before flushing it with hot water. If your drain is still clogged afterward, you may need to repeat the process.
Dredge-A-Drain in line with our desire to provide a service that is above the expected levels, are proud to make a guide available to you and your valued clients. At Dredge-A-Drain Cleaners, we are more than happy to advise on any drain cleaning and plumbing requirements.