Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs
Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs: Things To Know
At Reliable Contractor Services, we hear many stories in the Cleveland, Ohio area from our plumbing customers about Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs that have spent a lot of money and invested a lot of time trying to unclog their drains with the ever-popular chemical drain cleaners.
Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners fail to do the trick or unclogging the problem.
There are also other potential problems with using chemical drain cleaners:
- Drain cleaners and toxicity
The chemicals in commercial drain cleaners, particularly the off-brand and inexpensive varieties, have high toxicity levels. The fumes aren’t healthy to inhale, and will sting and irritate your nose and eyes. These fumes hang around wherever the chemical was used, long after it goes down the drain.
- Damage to your plumbing pipes
Chemicals in drain cleaners can damage pipes. The principle chemical in commercial cleaning solutions is hydrochloric acid. This will not only gnaw at pipes as it sits in them, it will chew off the enamel and other expensive finishes in your kitchen or bathroom.
- Drain cleaners are bad for plumbing and the earth
Chemicals in drain cleaners are not good for the environment. The residue left in bottles ends up in landfills, and can enter the water, poisoning fish and other wildlife.
- Drain cleaners may not even work.
What is causing your drain to clog up? Drains sometimes back up because of trouble in the sewer line, or because of broken pipes. Dumping chemicals down a drain won’t fix these problems.
What should you do the next time the sink backs up? You’re better off skipping the drain cleaners, and using a plunger to clear a clogged drain.
If that doesn’t work, summon your local drain cleaning professionals. If you want more information about how to fix Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs, without these bottles of chemicals, talk to us at Reliable Home Contractor Services.
Typically, drain systems should work relatively without trouble most of the time anyway. A properly designed and used drain system should never clog or stop up, unless of course the result of misuse or a foreign object. The most common drains that clog are the small drains, which include: tubs, showers, bathroom sinks, and kitchen sinks. If you keep the trap clean most of the time the drain will not clog. If you do experience a clogged drain, try to clear it with a mechanical snake before taking further action.
Many people wonder what clogged kitchen sink. There are three basic types of clogs:
Hair and soap scum. These are typically found in bathroom sinks, tubs, showers, and laundry drains. Sodium hydroxide/Lye based products (such as Drain-O, Open Wide, Glug, etc.) work best on these types of clogs, but they are not very effective on other types.
Food and grease clogs. Found mostly in kitchen sinks, sulfuric acid based products (such as Drain Snake, Clobber, etc.) work best on these clogs; however, these chemicals do not get rid of the clog completely. They usually burn a hole in the clog allowing water to pass through, but do not clear the clog. These products can be very harmful to people, as well as to pipes and fixtures.
Foreign object clogs. Toys flushed down the commode, too many paper, wipes, etc. Unfortunately, no drain chemical is going to work for this type of clog.
We recommend calling a Reliable Contractor Services licensed plumber today to unclog your drain!
Reliable Home Contractor serves the greater Cleveland, Ohio area and is your “one stop shop”. Not only do we do plumbing drain cleaning and repair/installation, but we also specialize in basement waterproofing, Kitchen Sink Drain Clogs, excavation, pipe video inspection/recording. Residential and Commercial services.
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