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by The Nashville Plumber on November 22, 2013

Reasons to Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions to Unclog Your Drain

 

When it comes to cleaning or unclogging your home drains, there are many different commonly accepted methods. Generally, the accepted cleaning methods can be folded neatly into two separate categories. These categories consist of chemical and non-chemical drain cleaners and de-cloggers. In the brief article below we’ll highlight reasons why you should avoid using chemical drain cleaners and de-clogging solutions.

If you own a home that uses well water, then you absolutely never want to use chemical drain cleaners. If your underground plumbing has any leaks whatsoever, then these powerful toxic substances can slowly seep into your drinking water supply. This can cause devastating health consequences over the long term, or they can quite possibly even be fatal.

Chemical drain cleaners and de-cloggers can also cause immediate airborne related health effects for anyone using them. If you do decide to use them, then always wear a mask or other breathing filtration device. It’s also very important that you only use them in extremely well ventilated areas. Be sure to open all of the windows that you can, or even get a fan going to blow the fumes out of your home. If you breath in these chemicals you can get nausea, headaches, or even suffer from temporary fatigue.

Another reason not to use chemical drain cleaners and de-clogging solutions is that storing them can be extremely dangerous around small children and pets. Due to the extremely potent acidic features of many of these substances, consuming or ingesting even a small quantity of them can be fatal. Never keep these chemicals in areas that can be accessed by small children or household pets. It is generally recommended that you store them in locked cupboards up away from the ground. Furthermore, if you ever happen to noticed spillage or leakage in your cupboards from these substances, then be sure to clean it up immediately.

Lastly, chemical drain cleaners and de-cloggers ultimately have to go somewhere. For most of you using public water systems, these extremely toxic and potent chemicals could end up in your local water supply, as sewage filtration technologies aren’t 100% effective at keeping waste out of the natural environment.

Need to have the drains in your Nashville home cleaned? Call Green Hills Plumbing at (615) 866-1917 and schedule a service call today!

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