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Why Is Liquid Drain Cleaner Bad for Your Plumbing?

Slow draining sink? This is a common (and frustrating) problem for many homeowners. While heading out to the store to buy liquid drain cleaner might seem like a quick fix – you could be harming your plumbing system! Here are a few reasons why you should think twice before buying liquid drain cleaner.

Why are liquid drain cleaners bad?

  • They Can Be Toxic – The chemicals used in liquid drain cleaners can irritate your nose and eyes if they are inhaled. They can also hang around long after the cleaner goes down your drain.
  • They Can Damage Your Pipes – The chemicals in liquid drain cleaner are so powerful that they can gnaw at the insides of your pipes as it sits. This can chew off the enamel and other expensive finishing in your kitchen or bath.
  • They’re Bad for the Environment – If you’re looking to go green, liquid drain cleaners are not the way to go. The often end up in landfills where they can leak and enter the water system.
  • They Don’t Always Work – Drain cleaners don’t always work – and you might end up giving us a call after anyway. Save your money and call a plumber first.

Check out this Angie's List article for more information on why drain cleaners are bad for your plumbing system. If you do have a slow draining sink, give us a call. Our professional plumbing technicians will take care of your plumbing issues for you. Call (412) 265-2662 to contact the professionals at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.