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Which Drain Cleaner Should I Use?

When most people experience a clogged drain, they automatically reach for one of two things – the phone so they can call a plumber or a chemical drain cleaner. If this is their first time dealing with a clog, many people want a recommendation for which chemical drain cleaner is best and what is the best way to use it. While we always advocate calling a plumber for any plumbing issue you don’t feel you can handle yourself (and some that you think you can handle and shouldn’t), we NEVER recommend using any kind of chemical drain cleaner for a number of reasons.

1. They are harmful to your and your family’s health. If some of the drain cleaner were to splash on your skin or in your eyes, or if you inhaled too much of it, you could potentially experience serious injury – not to mention the potential for young children or pets to accidentally imbibe them with fatal consequences.

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2. Everything you put down the drain eventually ends up in our environment somehow, whether that be in our groundwater, oceans and rivers, atmosphere or soil. Chemical drain cleaners aren’t any safer for our
environment than they are for our bodies.

3. Chemical drain cleaners work by eating away at
whatever is causing the clog. It just makes sense that anything that caustic is also eating away at your plumbing system. While certain pipe materials like PVC or galvanized steel might hold up a little longer than copper, all pipes exposed to caustic chemicals will eventually start to wear down and you’ll experience leaks from holes in your pipes that could require extensive, costly repairs or a complete re-plumbing of your home.

So what are the alternatives? Well, before you decide to call a plumber, we recommend grabbing a good sturdy plunger or a drain snake and trying to remove the clog yourself. If neither of those methods work, try a half and half mixture of baking soda and vinegar and let it sit overnight. If that STILL doesn’t work, we suggest calling a plumber. They are experienced in removing all kinds of clogs – and have the expertise and equipment to do it without damaging your fixtures or pipes.

Once your drain is clear (or before you get a clog!), there are several things you can do to help prevent future clogs. Regular drain cleaning should become part of your home maintenance routine, and the best part is that it’s easy and inexpensive. For a brief tutorial on how you can clean your drains and tips for preventing clogs, check out our Guide to Easy Drain Maintenance and do your part to protect your plumbing system, your family’s health, and the environment!

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Have You Hugged Your Plumber Lately?

From ancient aqueducts to modern kitchens, getting water from here to there has always been a big deal. We all need water to survive, so clean water is an obvious priority.

Example of a double check backflow prevention valveWith plumbing comes people who know all about it – how to create it effectively, how to install it properly, and how to fix it right.

Along the way, plumbing systems and materials codes were created and evolved as we learned more and found what worked best with what we learned. Through modern plumbing we have discovered what causes contaminated water, virtually eliminated waterborne diseases, created a better standard of living, and saved thousands of lives.

sotc-0701cToday, licensed plumbers are specifically trained in theory and application of water principles, materials composition, and certain construction practices. All this so you can enjoy a flushing toilet, running shower, dishwashers, clothes washers, and a simple faucet. No longer slaves to the bucket, latrine hole, and waterborne illnesses, and we have plumbing and plumbers to thank for it.

Example of an older American Standard toiletSo, if you haven’t already find plumbing and plumbers absolutely amazing, take a look around, see what you would be missing without clean running water in your home, irrigation in the fields, and a nice storm drain system.

Then find a plumber and say thank you!

Your turn: what would you miss most if modern plumbing suddenly disappeared?