How Chemical Cleaners Damage Your Drains

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Scheduling drain cleaning services should be part of your home’s regular maintenance routine. This not only prevents clogs from forming in your drains, but also helps you avoid other plumbing issues such as leaks. While regular cleaning is important, Speedy Rooter Plumbing does not recommend using chemicals for your drains.

How Chemicals Damage Drains

  • Many chemical drain cleaners contain lye or sodium hydroxide, which react with metal pipes in a way that causes them to rust. As the pipes corrode and erode, they break off and fall into the sewer line and local streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. You can avoid this problem with professional drain cleaning in Staunton, VA.
  • The slow-working nature of chemical drain cleaners is another problem. They can take hours or even days to dissolve stubborn clogs, during which time the clog can harden and cause a backup in the line that may require a more powerful and costly solution.
  • Some of the ingredients in chemical cleaners can contribute to a clogged drain, like foaming agents that expand and cause blockages after several uses.
  • The chemicals used to break down clogs can cause serious damage to the sewer line and pipes. They can also be corrosive and threaten any plumbing system components, such as valves, filters, and pumps.

What are the Alternatives?

Drain snaking is one of the most effective methods for clearing stubborn clogs in your bathroom drain. This can effectively get rid of built up hair, soap scum, and other debris in the drain. For tougher clogs deep in your sewer line, we recommend our hydro jetting service. This effectively blasts away any clogs in your drains, including tree roots.

Our drain cleaning company also uses hydro jetting to prepare your pipes for repairs. This ensures that the interior of the pipe is clean and free from any debris or clogs that may interfere with the repair process.

For quality drain cleaning solutions, contact Speedy Rooter Plumbing today.

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