Why Over-the-Counter Drain Cleaners Can Harm Your Pipes

A clogged drain is a frustrating experience and is a common excuse for many people to reach for one of the over-the-counter drain cleaners that can be found in many stores. Unfortunately, few people realize what a bad idea this is. These cleaners can destroy your pipes and leave you with a much bigger long-term problem than just a clog. For the times when your drain is sluggish, call your local Dallas plumber at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Dallas. We will clear a clog and get your pipe draining quickly without damaging the pipes.

Pipe Damage

While they may seem convenient, over-the-counter pipe cleaners can cause serious damage to your pipes. These cleaners use chemicals and acid to clear whatever it is that is clogging your pipe. However, many times this acid doesn’t stop with just eating away the clog; it also eats away at the pipe itself. If the drain cleaner is used frequently enough or if it sits for a long period of time in the pipe belly, it can cause pipe erosion. This leaves you with a much bigger problem than you had when you first started.

Clear Your Pipes The Right Way

Luckily, there is a way to clear a clogged drain without the worry of ruining your pipes. Drain cleaning can easily and quickly be done by an experienced plumber. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, our plumbers use camera inspections to look in the pipe and determine the source of the clog. Once we pinpoint the source of the clog, we can then work to eliminate it. We even have advanced methods of drain cleaning that include mechanical drain snakes and hydro jetting. All of our methods are completely safe for your pipes, unlike those over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners.

If you have a backed-up toilet, standing water in your tub, or your sink won’t drain, don’t make the mistake of reaching for an over-the-counter cleaner. Get your pipes drained thoroughly, efficiently, and safely by the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Dallas. Give us a call today at (972) 895-7775.