Chemical drain cleaners are never used or recommended by plumbers. Why is that? What’s so bad about chemical drain cleaners? They do work, sometimes. They keep you from having to call in the professionals, right? Maybe that’s why plumbers don’t use or recommend drain cleaners. It makes sense that they would prefer for you to give them a call. After all, that is how they make a living. Actually, I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who is a professional plumber, so this theory doesn’t apply to me. I get my plumbing work done for free. He still doesn’t recommend the use of chemical drain cleaners, even for me.
Is Your Plumber Out to Get You?
It may seem that plumbers have an ulterior motive for not wanting you to use chemical drain cleaners. In fact, many people believe this is the reason they don’t recommend or condone their use. Contrary to popular opinion, plumbers are actually trying to do you a favor by not using or recommending chemical drain cleaners for your household drains. There are four reasons.
Chemical drain cleaners do more harm than good when it comes to your plumbing. They will dissolve and erode your pipes, more readily than they dissolve the food that is stuck in them. This can cause holes and breakage in your plumbing, even after just one use. Continued use of chemical drain cleaners causes even greater damage.
Chemical drain cleaners are terrible for the environment. Would you flush any other chemical down your drain? Pouring chemical drain cleaner down the drain is comparable to pouring paint thinner down the drain. It just doesn’t make sound environmental sense. Plumbers don’t recommend or use chemical drain cleaners because they’re not environmentally friendly. They are also very dangerous to plumbers, who encounter them while cleaning the drains they were ineffective on.
Chemical drain cleaners are ineffective in most cases. To some extent, chemical drain cleaners do dissolve hair and grease, but their effectiveness is limited when it comes to other clogs (or even pipes heavily clogged with hair or grease). Professional plumbers know the best way to clean drains is with an industrial drain cleaning machine, possibly followed by a jetter. This is a machine that clears mud and other mud-like substances from your drain with powerful jets of water. Simply put, professional drain cleaning is more effective than chemical drain cleaner and it won’t harm your pipes.
The cost of having your drain cleaned is minimal, compared to the cost of repairing pipes damaged by chemical drain cleaners. Rather than trying to cheat you out of your money, your plumber is trying to save you from expensive drain repairs. The cost of cleaning a drain is most often less than two hundred dollars. Some plumbers charge less than a hundred dollars to clean your drain. The cost of replacing your drains (due to chemical drain cleaner damage) can be well over two thousand dollars. Replacing a sewer can cost well over seven thousand. You wouldn’t operate on yourself. You would call a doctor. Let a professional plumber clean your drains. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners.