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    Are Drain Cleaners Safe for My Pipes?

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016  |  Smoak's Comfort Control

    Plumber inspecting pipes under kitchen sink

    Does the plumbing in your home need some extra special attention thanks to clogged or backed up pipes? While the most common reason for your pipes getting backed-up is an excess of hair, most homeowners immediately reach for the Drano to fix the problem. However, while using a chemical drain cleaner can work as a temporary solution, over time, it can deteriorate the pipeline and either weaken or damage your plumbing.


    At Smoak’s, we hear from many customers wondering about whether or not drain cleaners are safe to use in their homes. Let’s take a look at the facts to help you decide what’s right for you.


    How Drain Cleaners Affect the Plumbing

    When you pour drain cleaners down the drain, they produce a heat-like response as they attempt to fix the problem. Due to the high alkaline levels, electrons are created. They mix with hydroxide ions, producing the reaction needed to remove the clog.


    If you're using a product like bleach or peroxide, the chemicals force the clog to lose electrons as it becomes oxidized, and as it's stronger than water, it releases heat and gas to remove the clog. The clog can be removed successfully with either method, but the same deterioration occurs in the pipes if used too often.


    Do You Need Professional Plumbing Assistance?

    You can avoid any additional harm to your pipelines by having an expert assess the plumbing situation from the onset of the problem. Because drain removers are dangerous for pipes and can cause irreversible or expensive damage, it is always advised to seek professional help to ensure the clog has been removed correctly. Though drain cleaners can be purchased at most hardware stores, if they’re not used properly they can cause further damage to the plumbing or the sewage lines.


    What to Expect from Smoak’s Plumbing Services

    There's no need to deal with the stress of a plumbing problem on your own. Our professional plumbing team at Smoak's is ready to go to work for you. We have the expert training to know how to diagnose your home's issues quickly, so your plumbing can return to normal function as quickly as possible.


    With over 40 years of experience in the Charleston area, our customers know they can count on us to handle whatever plumbing issue they are facing. We don’t focus on quick fixes, either. Our thorough examination will make sure your plumbing stays clear and safe, and we make sure to get to the source of the problem to keep it from coming back again and again.


    If your drains are clogged and you need some professional plumbing help, contact Smoak’s today!

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