Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

There are many reasons your drains clog, whether it’s your kitchen sink, your toilet or your bathtub. Some of the factors that contribute the most to clogged drains include:

  • Hair and other stringy items

  • Food particles and eggshells

  • Cooking oil and grease

  • Wipes

When you have a clogged drain, the easy solution is to reach for the chemical drain cleaner, pour it down and voila your drain is good as new! Or so it seems. There are many reasons you should avoid using chemicals to clear out your drains. Keep reading to learn more.


Chemical drain cleaners, are made of exactly what you would think, chemicals. We spend most of our lives trying to avoid chemicals because they are bad for our health, so why is it okay to use them in small, confined spaces such as bathrooms? As you would imagine, the chemicals inside of drain cleaners are no better for your health than any other chemicals. The fumes they produce have the power to irritate your skin, throat, and lungs and can even have an impact on your pets.


Chemical drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction within your pipes at the point of the clog. This chemical reaction causes a lot of heat to be emitted which is what helps to melt and break up the clog letting it slide easily down your drain. However, this heat also ends up deteriorating the pipe itself, especially if you are a frequent user of chemical drain cleaners.

While chemical drain cleaner might be the cheap and easy way to clear out your sink or bathtub, it will cause you many more problems in the future and more expenses as well.

The next time you have a clogged drain that you can’t seem to get rid of, don’t reach for the chemical drain cleaner, instead reach for your phone and call JSP Home Services. We are drain cleaning experts and understand the importance of drains you can rely on. Call us today or visit our website for more information about all of the services we offer.


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