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Are Liquid Drain Cleaners Harmful to Pipes?


Clogged DrainProducts such as Liquid Plumr and Drano are strong enough to break up clogs in your pipes such as hair, food or grease, and they do work in some instances, but you should use caution when pouring them down the drain. Liquid Plumr and Drano are chemically designed to eat away at whatever is clogging your pipes, which can result in damaging plastic or even metal pipes.

Simply put, Liquid Plumr and Drano are not designed for frequent use. Because of the chemicals found in these types of products, you could potentially cause irreparable damage to your pipes. In most cases, a single use of Liquid Plumr or Drano will not cause any issues with your pipes, though you should avoid using them in your toilet.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to unclogging your pipes. If you’ve used an over-the-counter chemical drain cleaner and you are still having problems with clogged pipes, try the following tips:

  • Use a flange plunger. Sometimes good old fashioned plunging will help remove the clog or loosen it to allow water to run through your pipes uninterrupted. Try plunging before and after using a drain cleaner to break up any loose objects in your pipe.
  • Try a drain snake. If you have a drain snake or a toilet auger, use it to break the clog or obstruction down the drain.
  • Call a professional. If the above options don’t work, you may have a clog in the sewer line or in some cases, you may have tree roots constricting the edges of your pipes. If your obstruction is located in the sewer line, you will need a professional plumber to fix it.

Remember, while over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners might work for one-time use, you’re taking a risk every time you use them, especially if your pipers are older. Be wary when using liquid drain clog removers. The chemicals in these bottled solutions can quickly eat away at your pipes.

The best way to safely remove clogs or obstructions in your pipes is to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber to remove the obstruction correctly while maintaining the integrity of your pipes.

For help with your sump drain and pipe maintenance and other plumbing needs, contact the Superior Drainage experts today!