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How Good Are Drain Cleaners?

If you have ever had a clog in your home the first reaction may be to pour down drain cleaner. Often times you are left with a horrific smell, remaining clog and frustration. Aside from that there are plenty of reasons as to why drain cleaners should not be used and Empire is here to explain. Beginning with the pipe, most drain cleaners contain hydrochloric acid. This chemical typically generates heat and can do irreversible damage to the pipe itself. If the drain cleaner sits above the clog it is then concentrated on a small section of the pipe. If the pipe is plastic the high heat could melt and deform the pipe.

Metal pipes are stronger, but overtime heat can weaken the metal causing cracks and leaks throughout the pipe especially if it it’s older. Now if drain cleaners can do that to pipes imagine how hazardous it is to your health. The fumes released irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. In some cases the drain cleaner can cause skin and eye burns is splashing/spillage occurs. In addition, after all the damage is created there is no guarantee that the drain cleaner will be effective. In the case of a simple hair or grease clog the drain cleaner is unlikely to help. All in all save yourself the hassle and call a plumber. Empire will diagnose the clog, explain preventative measures and answer all questions and concerns.

Don’t let the clog get in the way call Empire Water Main & Sewer today (718)715-4862!!!

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