To Drano, or Not to Drano

Drano cleaner is advertised as a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to clear a clogged drain. And, in the age of instant fixes it is so easy to get these chemicals from any store. 

But, is this “inexpensive” way of clearing your drain really a good decision in the long run? Here are the reasons why professional drain cleaners and plumbers recommend never using these chemicals fix your backed up drain. 

  1. It can be explosive!
    Harmful chemicals can cause EXPLOSIONS in the bathroom! And, not the kind of explosion caused by that delicious Mexican dinner you had last night! 

    The chemicals work by using sodium hydroxide, when this chemical combines in the water of your toilet it creates enough heat to melt grease clogs, and burn away hair. This means problem fixed right? Wrong, the chemicals are so strong they can also cause cracks in your porcelain. There have been some cases the mixture of chemicals has actually mad the porcelain explode! This is not something most people anticipate happening, but it sure does turn into an expensive mess!
  2. Damage to your pipes!
    Very similar to the hot sauce you added to that Mexican Dinner we discussed earlier, Drano and other chemical cleaners can chemically burn and eat away at your drain pipes, and there is NO amount of Tums that will ease the pain! When using these chemicals eventually the pipes both plastic and metal will begin to corrode, which can lead to expensive repairs and even complete replacements!
  3. Remember those Mr. Yuck Stickers! You’ll need them for these chemicals!
    Drano cleaners are LOADED with harmful and toxic chemicals that are not safe for anyone, but especially kids, pets and those with breathing issues. A common ingredient in these products is lye. When you have direct contact with your skin lye can cause severe burns, and it can be deadly for pets and kids if they were to get access to them and drink them. 

    Those with lung or breathing issues can experience adverse affects of these poisonous chemicals when they breath them in. If mixed with other cleaning chemicals they can even create a deadly combination!
  4. Negative affects on the Environment
    When flushed these chemicals go right into our water systems, and they are very harmful to our ecosystem. 

So what should you do when you have a clogged drain line? Call Viking Sewer’s Professional Drain Cleaners who will use our specifically designed sewer cleaning machines to clear the clog away. If backups are a common occurrence our trained technicians can recommend a yearly or by-yearly  preventative maintenance plan that can help prevent clogs.

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