In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some basics on why chemical drain cleaners should not be relied upon too heavily (or at all) for drain clog issues. While it’s true that these cleaners will often get rid of the clog in question (though not always), they can also cause significant damage and other risks that mean they should generally be avoided.
At Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’re happy to offer a diverse array of plumbing services to clients around Herriman, South Jordan, Bluffdale and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the other key risks that chemical drain cleaners present, plus some quality alternatives that may be both more effective and less risky to your plumbing system.
Another major risk to consider with chemical drain cleaners is the damage they can cause to the environment. Many of the chemicals used in these cleaners are quite toxic, and as such it can be difficult for them to break down naturally or through treatment systems.
This means that, when released into groundwater or other areas, they can have a negative effect on both plants and wildlife. Even if you don’t live near a body of water, this is still something to be aware of – and there are better alternatives out there that won’t cause the same kind of damage.
In other cases, chemical drain cleaners can even be dangerous to the occupants of your home or building. This is because many of these chemicals are hazardous and, if used incorrectly, can cause damage to skin and eyes or create a risk of inhaling toxic fumes.
In some cases, it may be necessary to check with local authorities regarding specific regulations related to such products – and in others, it’s just a matter of being aware of potential dangers and taking the necessary safety precautions.
Alternatives to Chemical Cleaners
Fortunately, there are a range of alternatives out there that don’t carry some of the same risks as chemical drain cleaners. Some options include:
- Plunger: A plunger is a simple and inexpensive tool that can be quite effective at clearing out clogs.
- Manual Auger: Also known as a “snake,” this is an electrical device with a flexible metal cable that can be inserted into the drain to remove clogs manually.
- High-Pressure Jetting: This involves using a high-pressure hose to blast away any debris and buildup in the pipes.
No matter which approach you take, it’s important to remember that chemical drain cleaners should only be used as a last resort – and if they don’t seem to be doing the job, then it’s time to call in professional help.
At Green Line Plumbing, Heating & Air, we specialize in all forms of plumbing services – so if you’re dealing with a clog and looking for alternatives to chemical drain cleaners, give us a call today! Our experienced technicians can help diagnose the issue and recommend an appropriate solution.