Chemical drain cleaners are a double-edge sword. On one hand, they’re a quick-fix solution for the DIYer. On the other hand, they’re notorious for causing long-term damage to pipes. What do our residential plumbers think about drain cleaners for clearing drainage obstructions?
Our Take on Chemical Drain Cleaners
We believe that drain cleaners are quite effective and actually do what they advertise to do. As such, they’re quite effective as a DIY measure for clearing a clogged sink or shower drain. They work because the ingredients include oxidizing chemicals, which break down clogs by removing or adding electrons to the hair, grease, and other debris that make up the obstruction. The liquid indiscriminately burns away whatever it comes into contact with, and therein lies the problem. Continue Reading →