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What do you do if there is a clog in your drain? You may instinctively go with a drain cleaner to clear it out.

After all, when it comes to clearing out drain clogs, liquid drain cleaners are pretty popular - and with good reason! They are cheap and offer a quick and easy solution to blockage problems.

But you also need to consider that these formulas are made from strong chemicals, which are often highly reactive and corrosive. Thus, continued usage may only lead to a more serious plumbing issue, even if there’s no sign of it initially.

Now that you know this, should you use a liquid drain cleaner? We have tried to address this here by elaborating on the benefits and disadvantages of using it to clean your drainage system.

So, without any further delays, let’s get to it!

Benefits Of Using Liquid Drain Cleaners

1. Easy To Use

The most notable advantage of liquid drain cleaners is that they are straightforward. In most cases, the instructions for their use are printed on the bottle and simple. But they are easy to use even without instructions - all you need to do is pour it into the clogged portion and wait.

2. Quick And Effective Action

Liquid cleaners act quickly and are great for cleaning out clogs caused by food, hair, soap or residue buildups. Typically, they take action within 15 to 20 minutes, removing the clog entirely without leaving behind any trace of the substance.

3. Highly Affordable

Using a liquid drain cleaner is considerably cheaper than other methods of clearing out clogs from drains. You can buy them at low prices from any convenience store or online platform. In contrast, hiring a plumber to clear drain blockages will cost you more money and time than using this DIY method.

Disadvantages Of Using Liquid Drain Cleaners

1. Damages Pipes And Bathroom Fixtures

As mentioned before, most liquid cleaners are made from reactive and corrosive chemicals. While the effects of these chemicals cannot be observed immediately, if you keep using them, you will start seeing their impact.

Your bathroom fixtures may become discoloured and lose their glossy shine. In addition, they may corrode the inner linings of your pipelines, which will eventually cause them to develop cracks and rupture.

2. Not Effective For All types Of Clogs

Often, drain pipes may become blocked due to plastic objects getting trapped inside them. A liquid drain cleaner just won’t cut it in such a case. While they can easily remove food, hair, or other chemical residues, they are ineffective against plastic.

3. Not Very Eco-Friendly

The chemicals and solvents typically used in liquid drain cleaners are non-biodegradable, implying that they don’t decay quickly. So, if you keep using them regularly, these non-biodegradable chemicals will accumulate in the environment, leading to adverse consequences.

Besides, they are used in highly concentrated forms, which is harmful if they come in contact with living tissues. Meaning, that if you use these chemicals, they will most likely cause health hazards.

Should You Use Chemical Drain Cleaner?

And those were the pros and cons of using a liquid drain cleaner. Now the question that arises is, should you use it?

To answer that question, we would say that yes, you can. But make sure you don’t use it regularly. You can safely use a liquid drain cleaner if you have a minor clog or some food or hair is stuck inside your drain.

However, if your drains get clogged frequently, or there is a piece of plastic blocking the drain, then it’s best to call in an experienced and licensed plumber to take care of it. Using a liquid drain cleaner in such cases will do more harm than good!

If you need a plumber in Perth to help unblock your drains, please speak to the Woolf Plumbing & Gas team. We are the drainage repair and blockage specialists!

Now that we have arrived at the end of this brief article, we hope that this information will prove helpful for you.

With that said, it’s time for us to sign off. Until next time!


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