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One would think that every product on the market has met with sufficient scrutiny to be deemed safe and effective. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and there are plenty of things out there that you should leave on the shelf and never use, much less spend your hard-earned money on. Chemical drain treatment is one of those products as it is far from the safest, most effective way to deal with a clogged drain. Here are the key reasons to avoid using these products.

Key Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Treatment for a Clogged Drain

  • Poor Results- Often the best you can hope for is a slight improvement with your clogged drain and more often than not, these products do nothing to resolve the problem. The reason is that the product has to come in direct contact with the clog to be effective and that is rarely the case. It might touch a portion of the clog, but it won’t stay in place long enough to resolve the entire clog.
  • Pipe Damage- Have you ever noticed that all drain cleaners say that their product is safe for pipes, but their competitors’ products aren’t? Since all drain cleaners use the same chemicals, it stands to reason that only one part of that statement is the truth – they can and do cause pipe damage.
  • Dangerous Chemicals- If you understand now that the chemicals in drain cleaners are bad for pipes, imagine what they can do to your skin, eyes, or lungs. Just notice all the warnings on the label and you’ll see why it is quite scary to even think about bringing these into your home.
  • Environmentally Damaging- We’ll just leave one thing out there to think about – bad for pipes, bad for you, so what happens when it later dumps into the septic or sewer system? Yep, bad for Mother Earth, too! And, that doesn’t even include the container that ends up at the landfill.

So, what should you do about a clogged drain? If plunging hasn’t worked, it is time to call us at A Step Above Plumbing Inc. It is a cost-effective option to do that at the beginning, so you aren’t wasting money on drain cleaners only to need to call us in the end because they didn’t work.