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Why You Should Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Safe?

A lot of people ask us "are chemical drain cleaners safe?" Chemical drain cleaners are not safe because of 3 reasons:

1. They'll corrode your pipes, sinks, and bathtubs

2. Some emit fumes that are bad for your health

3. They're harmful to the environment

While chemical drain cleaners can be a very effective way to clean your drains, they can be incredibly damaging in the long run. Below you’ll find the top reasons why you should avoid chemical cleaners, along with some alternatives you can try with pipes today.


Some common chemicals in drain cleaners are hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, and sulfuric acid, which have the ability to not only break down your pipes but also eat away at your sinks and bathtubs over time.

These chemicals will only magnify the effects that corrosion already has on your pipes because of high pH levels in your water.

Your Health

When these chemicals make their way down your pipes, they don’t disappear immediately. Most of these chemical cleaners are highly toxic, creating fumes that can linger in your pipes for multiple hours.

These fumes can not only irritate your eyes but can also damage your throat, skin, and lungs. Your pets are also highly susceptible to the damage done by these chemicals, so save you and your pets the trouble by making a switch.

The Environment

Your pipes aren’t the only place these chemicals end up when you put them down your drain. The final resting places for these toxic substances are oftentimes landfills and our very own water sources. Some of these toxins are also able to seep into the soil, and eventually make its way to bodies of water. Not only is this harmful to us, but it’s also a hazard for wildlife and the ecosystems they live within.


Here are some alternative methods for cleaning your drains without all the chemicals:

  • Boil about 2 liters of hot water and mix in a couple of tablespoons of liquid dish soap and slowly pour down the sink. This method works particularly well on grease clogs.

  • Clear out your sink and place ½ cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Plug your drain for one hour, and once that hour is finished, pour a pot of boiling water down your drain to clear it completely.

  • When in doubt, plunge it out. When food gets stuck in your sink drains, a plunger is one of the most effective ways to clear the blockage. Make sure to use a plunger designated for drains, these usually have a wider base than toilet plungers.

If your drain issues continue to persist, make sure to call the experts at Arneson Plumbing and Heating. All you have to do to get in touch is fill out a form on our website or give us a call at (310) 982-2374.