Many people like to use chemical drain cleaners when their drain gets clogged. However, most of them do not realize that there are a number of disadvantages that come along with using chemical drain cleaners. Below are some of the disadvantages of using a chemical drain cleaner:
Health Hazard: The chemicals found in drain cleaners are not good for your health. They create fumes that are very hazardous to inhale. These chemicals can also irritate your throat, skin, nose and eyes. Many people do not even know what types of chemicals are found in the drain cleaners because they do not read the labels. On many chemical drainers, there are warning stating that the product contains carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents. Keep in mind that there is always the risk of a chemical splashing on your skin. If a chemical splashes on your skin, then a burn can result.
Bad For The Environment: Not only are chemical drain cleaners bad for human and pet health, but they are also bad for the environment. The residue that is left in the bottles often ends up in landfill and inside of water. Fish and other animals who consume or live in this water will most likely end up dying.
Ineffective: Contrary to what is often displayed in advertisements, chemical drain cleaners are not effective. In many cases, the drain cleaners do not completely break up the clog. Drain cleaners probably will not work at all if you have a major clog.
Pipe Damage: The chemicals can do some serious damage to your pipes. In some cases, the pipes may need to be replaced because of severe damage.
Expensive: Chemical drain cleaners can be expensive. There is no need to spend money on something that is ineffective and hazardous to your health. You will be better off calling a professional to take care of the job for you.
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