When you have a clogged bathroom or kitchen drain, reaching for a bottle of Drano to solve the situation almost seems like a no-brainer. While products like Drano will help remove the clog, they are a temporary fix that could cause bigger problems down the road.
Drano contains harsh chemicals that can lead to worse problems than the ones it was used to solve. These chemicals are harmful to septic systems because they kill all bacteria – even the “good” bacteria. These “good” bacteria aid in the decomposition and break down of the sewage located in the septic tank. Without the presence of these bacteria, larger blockages can occur , causing homeowners unnecessary stress and financial burden.
Even if you don’t have a septic tank, you are still at risk. Those same harmful chemicals are also corrosive to your pipes. Over time, the continued usage of Drano can lead your pipes to corrode, and eventually fail. Burst pipes can cause major flooding and damage other areas of your home as well.
Finally, if Drano comes into contact with bare skin, it can cause rashes or even burns if left too long. If your skin comes into contact with Drano, be sure to wash it off as soon as possible. It is important to keep all Drano and similar products in areas inaccessible to children and pets.
Does all of this mean that you cannot unclog your drains yourself? No – there are several other solutions that you can try which are much better for both the environment and your plumbing system.
Minor clogs can be remedied with coarse salt. Combine ½ cup of salt with 4 liters of water. Pour the salt solution down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Pour hot water down the drain. The salt will help dissolve the clog while the hot water will further soften the clog and eventually unclogs the drain.
For larger problems using baking soda and vinegar can be helpful – the chemical reaction which happens when the vinegar and baking soda combine helps to loosen the blockage. Remove as much water as possible from the problem area and then poor the solution down the drain. If it’s bubbling, that means it is working. Cover the area and then let sit for about 15 minutes. When the bubbling subsides, you can poor hot water down the drain. If you have plastic pipes, do not use boiling water as it can melt them.
If those two alternatives are not quite getting the job done, you are able to purchase natural drain cleaners. Milani Plumbing offers a great all natural alternative to Drano which contains no harsh chemicals, but still get’s the job done. It is the only product of its kind that is used at Milani, and it is available for individual sale. For more information call our Parts department!