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Sometimes we, or others in the household, forget that our drain system is not a digestive system, and the result is a clogged drain. The usual course of action is to try the trusty plunger. When that fails, there are a number of “chemical cures” with friendly sounding names such as “Liquid Plumber”, and “Drano”.
Yes, they can eat away at a stubborn clogged drain, but the corrosive chemical action isn’t limited to just the clog. That same corrosive action goes to work eating away at the pipes. Also, if the chemicals aren’t applied exactly as directed, they can actually harden the clog and plumbing making a bad situation even worse!
Bear in mind also that the primary chemicals in these products are bleach and sodium hydroxide, which is a highly corrosive salt. Even if they clear the clog, these hazardous chemicals are not filtered out of the wastewater and can eventually end up in rivers and streams or the leach field in your own backyard if you have a septic system.
If the plunger fails, you can try a more benign natural cure by mixing a solution of baking soda and vinegar, which won’t damage plumbing. You can view details at the Small Footprint Family website at this link.
If the drain clog still persists it may be time to bring in the big guns by calling for Wind River Environmental!
At Wind River Environmental, we have a team of professionals with the tools, equipment, and expertise to clear the most stubborn clogs without relying on hazardous chemicals. Our technicians use a variety of powerful equipment ranging from hand snakes and augers to high-velocity power-jetting to safely clear the drain.
If you have a stubborn clogged drain requiring professional help, click here to reach out to Wind River Environmental rather than reaching for a bottle of chemicals that could be hazardous to your health, your plumbing, and your environment.