What You Should Know About Drain Cleaners
No doubt you have felt the frustration of dealing with a clogged sink or tub at some point. Soap residue, food scraps and hair can all contribute to a clogged drain, which can in turn, cause surface residue, bacteria and odors, and painfully slow, or no draining.
The best defense is to avoid putting problem items down your drains if possible, including egg shells, potato, peach or other food peelings, and hair or beard trimmings. If you decide to use a drain cleaner, you should know a few things about them.
While they have their place, there are certain types or cleaners that work better on certain kinds of clogs. There are four types:
- Acid – Muriatic acid or sulfuric acid
- Oxidizing – Nitrate-based, peroxides, bleaches
- Caustic – Caustic potash or lye
- Enzymatic – Eco-friendly, non-toxic enzymes and bacteria
If a fat or grease-based blockage causes a clogged drain, skip the chemicals and call a local plumber in Germantown, TN, in the beginning. Treated with cleaners, these clogs usually just move deeper into the drain and require professional, and expensive servicing.
Acid cleaners may do wonders for a clog, but they can also eat through drain pipes, the fumes can burn the eyes and throat, and the acid can burn through skin and leave open sores. Acid cleaners should be used only as a last resort, preferably by a professional.
Oxidizing and caustic cleaners work by creating heat, which over time breaks down the blockage until it can be flushed down the drain. Enzymatics use bacteria and enzymes to actually eat through the blockage. They may take a bit longer but work well on food or organic clogs, and tend to do a good job on toilet clogs.
With a bit of luck and care, your clogged drain may be resolved, but nobody wants to mess with nasty goopy clogs or sewage if it fails or a pipe breaks, but if things go south, you will want to call a professional sewage cleaning team in Germantown, TN to help set things right.