Drain Cleaners: Friend or Foe?

Water doing down the drain of a stainless steel sink

 

If you’ve ever wandered the aisles of a hardware store or a giant hardware chain, you’ve likely noticed that there are any number of drain cleaners out there – all of them proclaiming that they have the right stuff and that you don’t need a plumber to get the job done. If you have clogged drains, on the other hand, you need real results now. The fact is that these cleaners offer little more than a temporary fix that can ultimately damage your pipes. Before you purchase and use a drain cleaner, make sure that you understand what you’re up against.

 

Drain Cleaners 101

 

Most of the drain cleaners on the market are comprised of extremely strong chemicals that can dissolve nearly anything. This means they have the the ability to eat through almost anything, including organic materials, inorganic materials, or both. Therefore, no matter what’s clogging your pipes, the drain cleaner will likely be able to make its way through the stoppage.

 

There’s a Catch

 

Usually, a drain cleaner will merely drill a hole through a stubborn clog, and that hole will allow water to flow through your pipes again (albeit more slowly than is probably optimal). This means that your clog is wounded – but not defeated –  and will likely rise again as a complete blockage in no time. In other words, a harsh chemical cleaner is nothing more than a stopgap measure.

 

Harsh Chemicals Damage Pipes

 

While chemical drain cleaners might get your pipes running again, it’s not likely to help for long and there’s a hefty price to pay. Those harsh chemicals that eat through anything can also damage your pipes. When you pour a drain cleaner into a clogged pipe, the toxic chemicals come in contact with your pipe walls and wear away at them. Additionally, these chemicals pool at the site of the clog and, until they eat their way through, are also eating at your pipe. The powerful chemicals that make up drain cleaners can’t discriminate between a clog and a pipe, and your pipes pay the price.

Enzyme Drain Cleaners

When it comes to drain cleaners, there’s another less-toxic option, enzyme drain cleaners. These drain cleaners employ bacteria that’s relatively harmless but that can eat through the organic material that collects in your pipes. While these bacteria-based cleaners can be helpful for keeping clogs at bay, they are not as effective at powering through stubborn clogs. Further, if your clog isn’t comprised of organic materials, enzyme drain cleaners will have no effect.

Seek the Professional Services of a Coral Springs Plumber

If your pipes aren’t running as smoothly as they should, save yourself time and money by going directly to the source and contacting a professional Coral Springs plumber. While a drain cleaner might allow your pipes to limp along for a bit longer, you’re not doing yourself or your pipes any favors. When you purchase a chemical drain cleaner, you’re spending money on a product that is not likely to be very effective in the first place and that is damaging to your pipes. Further, chemical drain cleaners are usually just a delaying tactic because, in the end, you’re going to need a plumber. Skip the unnecessary expense and waste of time by calling in an experienced plumber at the outset.

Professional Pipe Cleaning Services

Plumbers have many pipe-clearing and pipe-cleaning tools in their professional arsenals:

  • Plumbers not only have the high-tech equipment necessary to pinpoint what’s causing your clog but also have the skill to safely, effectively, and efficiently use that equipment to your advantage.
  • Plumbers have the skill to use professional-quality mechanical snakes and rooters that clean your pipes while they plow through blockages, including the most difficult clogs.
  • Plumbers employ hydrojetting, which blasts a cleaning and clog-clearing superpowered jet of water through your pipes. This is a safe, highly effective, and speedy method of clearing away even stubborn clogs.

Professional plumbers have the professional tools and skills to get to the bottom of what’s causing your home or office’s clogged pipes and to get them running smoothly again.

If Your Drains Are Slow, You Need an Experienced Coral Springs Plumber

Don’t waste your time and money on a drain cleaner that is merely a stopgap measure and that can damage your pipes in the process. The dedicated plumbers at Erica’s Plumbing and Restoration in Coral Springs have the experience, skills, and professional tools to effectively and efficiently get your pipes running freely again. Our professional plumbing services are preferred by many homeowners and insurance companies in the Coral Springs area, so please contact or call us at 561-275-5688 today.

Erica’s Plumbing & Restoration

11555 Heron Bay Blvd #200,

Coral Springs, FL 33076

Phone: (561) 275-5688

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