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The Dangers of DIY Drain Cleaning


Removal of blockage in the sink, the hand of a man with a bottle of a special remedy with granules. Clean the blockages in the bathroom with chemicals.

If you’re a homeowner, you’re likely to have experienced the frustration of a blocked drain at some point. As well as being an inconvenience, blocked drains can also cause several health issues, so it’s important to prevent them whenever possible. 


One easy way to keep your drain clear is via regular cleaning. DIY drain cleaning can be a tempting prospect from a financial point of view, however, there are several risks associated with this. Luckily, the team here at 1st Call Drain Cleaning & Technical Services is here to explain all the dangers, helping you to remain safe. 


Harmful chemicals


No matter the brand, most commercial drain cleaners contain potent chemicals. These react with any blockages, creating gas and heat that dissolve clogs. Although chemical drain cleaners are effective, they can be harmful to the user and may prove fatal if ingested. Any contact with naked skin can even cause chemical burns, so protective clothing must be worn at all times when handling these substances.


These harsh chemicals can also emit toxic fumes when in use. Furthermore, many people may use commercial drain cleaners in conjunction with other cleaning products, unaware of the danger this poses. Combining these different substances can produce noxious gases. Inhalation of these fumes can cause dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, confusion and, in extreme circumstances, death. Before attempting to clean your drain, you should be aware of all the potential risks. If in doubt, consult a professional drainage company; they will be equipped with all the necessary protective gear to ensure conditions remain safe. 


Environmental issues


Not only are most commercial drain cleaners harmful to humans, but they can also be incredibly damaging to the environment. This is an important consideration in the current climate, where being eco-friendly is at the forefront of public consciousness. Once these chemicals have been poured down your drain, they don’t just evaporate into thin air and must travel somewhere. Unfortunately, these chemicals usually filter down into the nearby water supply, potentially poisoning the wildlife and plants that reside there. 


Pipe damage


Frequent clogs in your drain could indicate further flaws in your plumbing that need attention. Although commercial drain cleaners seem an easy fix, they are only a temporary solution. They may mask the root cause of the problem, preventing you from getting professional assistance before the issue escalates. As previously mentioned, many commercial drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals and an overly aggressive drain cleaner can corrode your pipes. Repeated use may cause cracks that could lead to costly damage over time.


Drain snaking


A drain snake is a long, metal cable with an auger located at the end. Drain snaking is a useful method for clearing hard-to-reach clogs that are inaccessible to a simple plunger. However, in the hands of a novice, this equipment can be dangerous. When used incorrectly, the wire can recoil at high speeds to potentially cause a serious injury. An amateur operator may also use excessive force and end up scratching the pipework; this can lead to rust and further damage in the future.


Here at 1st Call Drain Clearance & Technical Services, we offer drain cleaning and clearance services to properties across Central London and the surrounding region, including Brentford. Our experienced team has all the specialist equipment and knowledge necessary to ensure your drain is cleaned quickly and safely.

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