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The Dangers ofDrain Cleaners

If you’ve got a clog in your toilet, sink, or shower, you might be tempted to reach for a bottle of Drano. While this is a quick and effortless way to clear the clog, it is not necessarily a good choice. In fact, Drano even admits that you shouldn’t use their standard product on your toilet.

The experts at Patterson Plumbing know a thing or two about getting rid of clogs – they only have been doing it for more than 30 years. Here are a few reasons why they say you should avoid using these chemical drain cleaners:

  • They are harmful for your health. Drain cleaners emit harmful fumes that are dangerous to inhale. These chemicals can stick around long after the product has been washed down the drain. Coming in contact with the cleaner can also cause severe burns to your skin.

  • They are harmful for your drains. The main ingredient in these cleaners is hydrochloric acid, a chemical that deteriorates pipes. Plastic pipes can be affected right away, and metal piping can corrode long-term if you use these cleaners frequently.

  • They are harmful for the environment. Drain cleaner doesn’t magically disappear after it is flushed through your pipes, and can have damaging effects on aquatic wildlife.

So, what should you use to clear your drains?

Using a plunger or a plumbing snake is usually an effective way to remove a clog without damaging your plumbing system, but you can also make your own homemade drain cleaner using baking soda and vinegar. Here’s how:

  1. Flush the drain by pouring boiling water down it.

  2. Dump in ½ cup baking soda. Allow to sit for five minutes.

  3. Combine 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup hot water. Pour it down the drain.

  4. Your drain should fizzle up. Allow the chemicals to react for a few minutes, then flush again with hot water.

If you’ve got a clogged drain that you can’t seem to clear up, the professionals at Patterson Plumbing are here to help. If you live in Pueblo County, Colorado, count on us for all of your plumbing needs! Contact us online, or give us a call at (719) 544-4922.

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