A picture of a pipe with some ugly gunk in it. But by pouring some magical liquid down the drain, the junk is gone and the pipe is clog-free.
The magic liquid being advertised? Probably Liquid Plumbr, Drano or one of the other chemical drain cleaners available in grocery and hardware stores everywhere.
But if you’ve ever used these products, you may have noticed the warnings to use gloves and eye protection, not to mention the burning sensation in your lungs if you breathe in the fumes.
So is there a safer solution than these chemical compounds? Yes. And it’s probably already in your pantry.
The drain cleaners you see in most commercials contain harsh, acidic chemicals. It is these chemicals that “eat” away at the junk in your drains.
However, these same chemicals can also be extremely harmful. Just look at this warning, pulled from their label:
“Keep out of reach of children. Harmful if swallowed. Avoid splashing. Injures eyes, skin and mucous membranes on contact.”
Chemical drain cleaners are bad for:
If you have a slow or partially clogged drain, rather than turning to the popular chemical drain cleaners, consider going into your pantry. A simple concoction of white vinegar and baking soda can be as effective as the most powerful chemical cleaners.
Here’s how to use vinegar and baking soda to clear a drain:
If you don’t like the DIY approach and would rather have something pre-mixed for your drain clearing needs, there are also some environmentally friendly drain cleaners. Look for products that use bio-enzymes rather than chemicals.
Sometimes clogs may be too large or too far down the drain for a drain clearing liquid (either homemade or store-bought.) When that happens, it may be time to call a professional plumber for help.
Nicholson Plumbing serves the residents of Framingham, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. If you have a plumbing, heating or air conditioning problem you need help with, contact us online.
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