Put down the chemicals. We repeat, put down the chemicals! Did you know one of the most common DIY efforts made by homeowners is unclogging a drain backup? And you guessed it, they often reach for chemical store-bought drain cleaning solutions which is a BIG no-no.
Chemical agents poured into sinks, toilets, and drains are caustic. Acidic substances are used to dissolve grime, hair, and other things that clog toilets and sinks, but that doesn’t mean they’re safe.
They are usually harmful to humans and safety measures must be followed if you still choose to use these types of cleaners. If the cleaner comes in contact with skin or eyes, directions on the packaging must be followed for first aid treatment. And if the ER is a possible result, why would you want to put yourself at risk in the first place?
In addition to putting humans at risk, over time, these products can corrode a plumbing system, which will likely lead to major repairs later on.
Many chemical cleaners release toxic fumes when used in plumbing areas, like sinks and toilets. They pose a health concern for residents or those who use the facilities being treated.
And people with respiratory problems are even more at risk…
Have asthma or COPD? You may experience difficulty breathing if you are exposed to drain cleaning fumes – and this goes for children and pets as well.
In addition to putting human health at risk, corrosive chemicals are also hazardous to the environment. Since there is rarely any effective way to limit or contain their use, they can enter the water supply or septic system, for those whose water supply comes from a ground well, and may contaminate other areas as well.
The bottom line? The best way to prevent against drain problems and potential health issues is to throw your chemical cleaners in the trash – or avoid purchasing them in the first place.
For more than 80 years Levine and Sons has been solving drain and sewer problems in the Metro Detroit area. We offer prompt, reliable drain repair service to evaluate and address drain backup problems. Call 1-888-LEVINE1 for more information or to schedule an estimate.