You’ve seen it. You’ve heard of it. There’s a good chance you’ve even used it yourself. Drano and other liquid plumbing solutions are marketed as an “easy fix” to unclog your pipes. However, many of our customers are unaware of the dangers this “miracle solution” poses. So why should you say no to Drano? We’ll walk you through it.
Drano Will Damage Your Plumbing
Drano and other liquid plumbing ingredients include sodium hydroxide, more commonly known as lye. It’s mixed with small aluminum pieces that help break up the blockages in pipes by creating a chemical reaction producing heat, so in conjunction, the substance decomposes most organic matter it meets. Tap water also reacts to the chemicals in liquid plumbing mixtures, creating more heat that softens mineral deposits in drains. The mixture then reacts with the grease and aluminum to produce bubbles that wash everything away in your pipes. It sounds great in theory, but the heat and ongoing chemical reactions are too much for your pipes to handle. The chemicals will sit in pipes, continually generating heat and breaking down everything it comes into contact with until you’re left with cracked pipes or dissolved glue that no longer holds it all together.
Liquid Plumbing Products are Unpredictable When Combined With Other Products & Equipment
Since Drano and other similar products depend on chemical reactions to break up the clogs in your drain, it’s extremely unsafe to mix any other cleaning product with it. If the liquid plumbing mixture has not fully left the pipes, adding another product to the mix could result in a toxic liquid or poisonous fumes. Using equipment like plungers or augers could also cause dangerous situations if the mixture splashes onto you or is accidentally inhaled. Drano also damages our equipment and puts our plumbers in danger if it’s present and not accounted for while we’re working on your systems. Just take our word for it – it’s not worth the risk!
Drano Results in Unsafe Conditions for Your Family & Our Team
Remember how Drano’s chemical reactions break down organic matter? It will also burn skin, damage lungs, and irritate eyes. We care about you and your family, as well as our own Advanced Water team, and don’t want any injuries related to improper use of chemicals. We recommend staying away from liquid plumbing “quick fixes” altogether, but if you have used a product, let us know. The safety of our team is our top priority, and the presence of these corrosive chemicals is a safety hazard to our plumbers if not properly addressed. Ensure friends and family members also stay away from areas where liquid plumbing products are used, as the fumes from these products are the leading cause of household cleaning related hospital visits.
Protect yourself if you’ve used a liquid plumbing product. Watch for the signs of fume exposure:
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Skin redness
- Vision problems
- Asthma attacks
- Eye irritation
As you can see, it’s safe to say that the risks outweigh any benefits of using Drano or other liquid plumbing solutions. Our professional advice? Stay far, far away from the “quick fixes” that will end up costing you more time and money in the end. Keep your pipes intact and family safe by saying no to Drano.
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