Don't Pour This Down Your Drain | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Don't Pour This Down Your Drain | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Don’t use caustic drain cleaners to clear clogs from your pipes. If you can’t shift a clog by yourself, call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

You took a quick shower this morning before heading out to Fort De Soto Park. Even though you weren’t in the shower very long, you found yourself up to your ankles in water. Apparently the shower drain or pipe is clogged.

You figured that was no problem. You got out of bottle of drain cleaner, dumped the contents in the shower and left it. You figure by the time you get back from Fort De Soto, the drain will be clear and you can wash out the tub.

Whoa! That was exactly the wrong thing to do. You’re risking major damage to your pipes and drains. explains: “Today’s pipes are typically plastic, composed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). They are vulnerable to the caustic effects of the harsh chemicals in drain cleaners, as are older metal pipes. Long-term exposure to these chemicals can cause holes to form in the pipes; in part, this is due to the heat that sodium hydroxide-based cleaners generate to do their work…. when blasting through a clog, the chemicals in drain cleaners can dissolve the glue holding the pipes together and even melt off the plastic. … Chemical drain cleaners can kill off the essential bacteria in your septic system responsible for naturally breaking down waste.”

Housedigest.con offers this suggestion: “Everyday household products, enzymatic cleaners, and implements such as snakes and plungers are benign alternatives to using harsh chemicals. Even wire hangers can help to clear your drains. A barbed hook, like a mini-snake, is also available to remove hair clogs from sinks or drains.”

If none of those work and the clog or blockage persists, it’s time to call a professional plumber for help. You can find a trusted professional plumber at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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