Have you ever wondered what type of chemicals your plumber uses to clear your drain? While some clogs can be handled with a plunger or with products found at the grocery store, some, stubborn clogs require the services of a professional plumbing service. Just what is it that they use to unclog your drain? Will these products damage your pipes or the environment?
Chemicals your plumber uses most
- Caustic drain cleaners. Caustic cleaners, ones with lye or caustic potash, work by transferring electrons to the substance in the clog, causing a reaction that clears the blockage. These types of cleaners are heavier than water, so they can travel to the close through a full sink of water.
- Oxidizing drain cleaners. This type of cleaner includes bleach and peroxide. They work in an opposite fashion from caustic cleaners, causing the clog to lose electrons and become oxidized. This process releases heat and gas and causes the clog to pass through the pipe.
- Acidic drain cleaners. Acidic cleaners are generally available only through plumbers and include sulfuric and hydrochloric acids. These acids react with the clogged substance, creating heat and melting things like congealed grease.
- Organic drain cleaners. Organic or environmentally friendly drain cleaners, such as those made with baking soda and white vinegar, are a good choice if you have a septic system or if you’re concerned about your household’s impact on the ground toxins and water table in your neighborhood. However, these cleaners are generally less effective than other, more toxic, cleaners.
To learn more about having your plumbing repaired or adding a new plumbing fixture to your Kentucky home, contact your local heating and cooling company.