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Are Liquid Drain Cleaners Safe?

Just because something is quick and convenient doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. This is often the case with liquid drain cleaners. There’s never a good time for a clogged drain, and liquid drain cleaners offer a quick and simple solution to problem drains. However, while liquid drain cleaners offer a short-term solution to clogged drains, in the long run they can do more harm than good and end up costing you more time and money in the form of expensive plumbing repairs.

How Can Liquid Drain Cleaners Harm Plumbing?

Liquid drain cleaners are much more harmful than many people realize. Here are a few of the ways that liquid drain cleaners can harm your home or business’s plumbing:

  • Pipes – Liquid drain cleaners can eat away at pipes, leading to accelerated wear and tear and corrosion damage. This can result in the pipes developing leaks and other problems and needing to be replaced before too long.
  • Sinks – Many liquid drain cleaners contain chemicals that can damage a sink’s enamel or porcelain. If the damage is extensive, the sink may need to be replaced.
  • Garbage Disposals – In many cases, garbage disposal clogs are too large for liquid drain cleaners to help. If liquid drain cleaners are used to unclog a garbage disposal, the harsh chemicals in the cleaners can damage the disposal’s parts, including its traps and pipes.
  • Septic Systems – Liquid drain cleaners can destroy a septic system’s helpful bacteria, which can result in waste building up.

In addition to harming plumbing, liquid drain cleaners are harmful to the environment. Many drain cleaners contain chemicals that are tough on clogs. However, those same chemicals can hurt the environment in a big way.

Our Experienced Plumbers Can Help You with Clogged Drains

Since 1951, Meyer’s has been assisting homeowners and businesses in Northwest Indiana and Southland Chicago with plumbing services. Let us help you with your home or business’s drain problems. Our licensed and insured technicians can help you rid your commercial or residential property of drain issues quickly and effectively. Plus, we know how to do it without damaging your plumbing and causing you new, and more expensive, problems down the road.

We’re available for emergency service 24/7. We offer affordable financing options and upfront pricing, which means you don’t have to worry about surprise charges.

For more information about how we can help you with clogged drains and other plumbing problems, call us at (219) 240-0610 or contact us online.