Why is Chemical Drain Cleaner Dangerous?

January 15, 2019


Sometimes, your drain can form a clog when you least expect it — and for most homeowners, their go-to solution for the problem is a chemical drain cleaner. Although this may seem like a great idea in the grand scheme of things, it’s actually one of the worst ways to rectify the problem. In fact, to save money and damage in the long run, you should opt for a professional plumbing service, instead. Here's why:

Health Hazard

Unlike water or a green household cleaner, drain cleaner can be extremely hazardous to your health over time. Within each bottle is a chemical composition that will not only clear out your drains, harshly, but will also take a toll on your lungs, sinuses, eyes — and that’s only the beginning of the list. Additionally, if drain cleaner happens to get on your skin, then the health risk worsens.

Damages Pipes

Would you ever consider putting hot lava down your plumbing pipes? We’d assume the answer is no. When you’re pouring down heaps of drain cleaner, you’re not only removing the clog, but you’ll also be destroying your pipes over time. Think about it like this: your plumbing may be strong in appearance, but if something causes damage from the inside out, then with constant use, they’ll begin to wear away.

Harms the Environment

When you’re pouring something down the drain, where does it eventually end up? For most drain cleaner particles, just like tossing garbage to the curb, it will make its way into a landfill. Once this happens, the drain cleaner’s ingredients will sink into the surrounding soil, increasing pollution.


If you feel as if your drain has seen better days, then it’s important to seek the assistance of a licensed plumber. Not only will they be able to get rid of the initial clog, but they’ll do it in a way that will preserve your plumbing for the years to come!

At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your plumbing and heating/cooling needs, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency services. For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (901) 795-9044.



MS Contractors License: 17761-SC & TN Contractors License: 38304
© 2024 All Rights Reserved