The Truth about Drain Cleaners

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Slow-running or completely backed-up drains happen to everyone at some time or another. But before you head to the hardware store for a bottle of that thick, gloopy drain cleaner, read this first. The truth about drain cleaners isn’t what the commercials lead you to believe.

They’re Bad for your Pipes

It may say “Safe for pipes!” in big letters on that bottle, but the chemicals in most drain cleaners are actually harmful to your pipes. Think about it like this – if there’s any mention of poison control on the bottle, you’re dealing with corrosive chemicals that will ultimately impact the pipes you’re pouring it on.

Minor clogs may be cleared with enzymatic-based products, which use natural enzymes to break up organic material and bacteria, but they won’t be effective against tough clogs. But before you head for the store, try these DIY drain cleaners first.

DIY Drain Cleaner

  • Hot water can help melt away minor clogs.
  • Baking soda and vinegar can be very effective. Pour half a cup of baking soda into the drain, and then half a cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain and allow to sit overnight. In the morning, flush the drain with hot water. This is a great monthly maintenance tip.
  • A cup plunger can work on small clogs. Check and clean the stopper first, and then try using the plunger to clear things out.

Try minimizing your risk of clogs to avoid this entire situation. We have a great post about what not to put down your drains.

No Luck?

If these DIY tips aren’t doing the trick, an experienced plumber is a much better option that corrosive chemical drain cleaners. River City Plumbing here in Reno offers quick, friendly service. Contact us today, and we’ll make quick work of that clogged drain!

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