Clogged pipes are a common problem in the kitchen and bathroom. It happens when debris gets stuck inside the plumbing, creating a blockage. If you’re having this problem, here are a few tips to help you unclog blocked drains.
Never use harsh chemicals to melt the clog.
Unclog Blocked Drains
For most homeowners, the go-to solution for clogged pipes is a chemical drain cleaner. Whilst using acids or alkaline liquids are effective in melting away the blockage, what most homeowners don’t realise is that they could be causing irreparable damage to their plumbing systems – and their health.
These chemicals are highly toxic. Alkaline varieties contain sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) and potassium hydroxide to melt away the blockage. When it comes into contact with skin, it can cause chemical burns. Meanwhile, acidic cleaners use sulfuric acid. The chemical can melt proteins and fat. This makes them effective in both kitchens and bathrooms.
However, it has a hazardous effect. When it touches metal, hydrogen is produced. With enough build up in a contained space, it could cause your pipework to burst. To add to this, the toxic effects of inhaling fumes from sulfuric acid is well documented. When it comes into contact with skin, they can also cause major burns.
It’s never a good idea to use a drain cleaner. They only serve to damage your pipes. You could also expose yourself to toxic fumes. In a pinch, you can use baking soda and vinegar as a quick fix.
Call Bell Plumbing to unclog blocked drains.
Call a professional plumber.
The best way to get rid of clogs is to call a professional. This is especially true if you’re having the problem repeatedly. Whilst it’s easy to get rid of the blockage temporarily, you may have other problems with the pipework, which then causes the clog.
In most cases, the blockage has backed up all through the pipework. This can make it easy to clog your drain. A professional can help diagnose the problem internally. This allows the technician to do a full diagnosis. In turn, you can get a permanent solution to your clogging problem.