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Reasons Why using drano is risky business
There's always going to be mixed opinions about the use of Drano when it comes to unclogging household drains. We understand that the appeal of Drano is that it's quick, effective and affordable. Drano is a harsh chemical substance that, when poured down the drain, undergoes a series of chemical reactions to clear away oils, grime, hair and other organic matter which leaves your drains free of debris. However, that's not all it does...
Reasons why Drano is risky
- Unpredictable Reactions. Since Drano is a product full of harmful chemical substances such as sodium hydroxide, bleach, sodium nitrate, and aluminum whose sole purpose is to react with organic matter and oxygen, introducing another chemical substance into the plumbing system without properly washing away the Drano product can cause some unpredictable issues. If you use another cleaning substance afterwards, the chemical reaction could create toxic fumes.
- Plumbing System Damage. Sometimes Drano works a little too well for home plumbing systems. Plumbing systems in Chelmsford and surrounding areas may not have been replaced recently, which means that introducing Drano into the equation may lead to damaged PVC pipes, cracked toilet bowls, and weakened pipe glue. All of these issues can lead to bigger problems down the road all because the Drano in the plumbing system sat in the pipes too long trying to work it's way through a clog but instead got stuck in one spot.
- Health Hazards. Drano's job is to corrode organic matter within your plumbing system. However, that organic matter had to come from somewhere: us! Since our chemical composition is made up of the same molecules the Drano is working it's way through within the pipes, it can also eat away at your skin if it makes contact. Always wear safety gloves and even eyewear to protect yourself from the harsh chemicals. In fact, Drano is so caustic to the skin, eyes and lungs that plumbers whose customers have used Drano within the past 24 hours will need to return the following day because it creates unsafe working conditions.
Our Chelmsford plumber recommends that you try other methods to unclog a drain before opting for Drano and other harsh chemicals. If you're unsure what to do, don't hesitate to contact us today and we'll head right on over to check out the problem and dislodge the blockage in a safer, more effective way.