Friday, May 2, 2014

Why You Should Never Use Draino or Liquid Plumber to Unclog a Pipe

When your drain becomes clogged, you may be tempted to fix the problem as quickly as possible. While commercial drain cleaners make a lot of big promises, their clog clearing abilities are very questionable. In fact, products such as Draino or Liquid Plumber can actually do more harm than good to your plumbing. Here is why you should always call a professional plumber to help with your drain pipe clog.

Nasty Chemicals
In order to clear clogs, commercial drain cleaners are full of nasty chemicals, such as lye. These chemicals are supposed to dissolve any material that is clogging your drain. However, the chemicals in drain cleaners may actually do harm to your pipe than the clog itself.

Broken Seals
The chemicals in commercial drain cleaners are designed to create a chemical reaction when they encounter a clog in the pipe. This chemical reaction generates a high amount of heat. When the pipes heat up, the wax seals in your plumbing system may burst.

Poor Performance
One of the main reasons to avoid commercial drain cleaners is that they often do not get the job done. When you pour a drain cleaner down your pipes, you will have no way of knowing whether the clog has been totally removed.

If you have a clogged drain, the master plumbers at Al’s Plumbing will be there to help. To set up a plumbing service appointment for your Dallas home, call us at (972) 225-5257.