Are Drain Cleaners Safe?

When you’re facing a clogged drain, it’s common to grab a drain cleaner from the store for a quick fix. But are these cleaners safe for your pipes? Most grocery-store drain cleaners contain dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to you, and your pipes.

Are Drain Cleaners Safe for My Pipes?

Just like in any family, every member has their own needs and quirks – and it’s the same with the pipes in your home.

In Anaheim, and all through Orange County, homes are equipped with various types of pipes, from ABS to Cast Iron, and some even connect to septic systems. Each type of pipe requires a unique approach, much like how each of your kids needs a different kind of attention.

Drain Cleaners and ABS Pipes

ABS pipes are commonly used in newer homes. When drain cleaners are used on ABS, it weakens the pipes and can cause cracks which lead to leaks and potential water damage.

Cast Iron Pipes

On the other hand, copper pipes are frequently used in older homes. While they are known for their longevity, they aren’t immune to drain cleaners either. Drain cleaners can eat away at the cast iron pipe, weakening the integrity of your plumbing system.

Septic Systems

Septic systems rely on a delicate balance of bacteria to break down waste, and drain cleaners can disrupt this ecosystem. This can not only lead to costly repairs but also cause environmental damage. It’s like throwing a wrench into a well-oiled machine – the repercussions can be immediate and severe.

The Safest Way to Clean Your Pipes

As a mother knows, what goes into your body matters, and the same care should apply to your home’s pipes. So, what’s a caring homeowner to do?

Just like teaching your kids to brush their teeth to avoid cavities, preventative maintenance is key. Avoid putting things like coffee grounds, food scraps, grease, and sanitary products down the drain.

And if you suspect you have a clogged drain, the safest solution is to contact a professional. At Barker and Sons, we treat your pipes with effective cleaning methods that respect the integrity of each type of pipe.