Mechanical drain cleaners are almost universally safe, effective, fast-acting, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
Chemical drain cleaners typically won’t reach deep clogs in sufficient quantity to dissolve them.They can also be dangerous household products.These lye-based formulas are meant to dissolve plugs of grease, soap, hair, and ground-up food.
Crystal drain cleaning products can work, but if the crystals are exposed to aluminum, a common material in some older sink trim, they can generate a choking cloud of lye-laden gas. Mixing these products with different chemical drain cleaners or with common household cleaners, especially those that contain ammonia can cause the mixture to burst out of the drain. And if you accidentally pour too much of one product down the drain, it can turn into a solid, stonelike block that’s almost impossible to remove.
Biological cleaners use enzymes or bacteria to chew through clogs. But they’re wimpy when it comes to quickly removing clogs.
Given these potential dangers, we don’t recommend using them.
Finally, call in the pros –
be prepared to advise us of what you have already tried to remedy your problem drain including what if any chemicals you have used.
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