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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Angelo from Caccia repaired a gas line leak under our house today. He was very knowledgeable, personable and took the time to explain our plumbing needs as well as other observations about our home. I also appreciated that he explained the entire process of this repair from beginning to end, shared how and why he was conducting pressure tests and provided the results of the pressure test to me. I was surprised to learn we were losing 4 lbs of pressure per minute!
Caccia's price was a little higher than another quote I got, but the work was thorough, honest and I can sleep well tonight knowing the leak was repaired same day. Angelo basically treated our home like his own.
Update 2016. Still LOVE these guys. Have you ever hugged a plumber? I did today. We had a major clog in our sewage pipes that two other plumbers couldn't clear. These guys cleared it in an hour and install a new toilet. Tyrone and Ruben were so considerate, kept me updated on the progress and just did a great job. Very professional but personable. Thank you Caccia!