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Drain Unblocking — Why drain cleaning chemicals are not always the answer

Most of us have been in a situation where we need a drain unblocked at one point or another; you’re at home doing a simple task like having your morning shower or washing the dishes in the kitchen sink when the water stops flowing down the plughole as it should. Whether the water is just flowing slower than normal or isn’t flowing away at all, the same feeling of dread and annoyance swells within you.

When you have these sort of drainage issues at home, your first move might be to head to the shops and buy some heavy duty chemicals that “blast the blockage”, designed to be poured down an offending plug hole to clear away the blockage. They’re a tempting quick fix, right? Yet they’re not always the answer you’re looking for…

Throwing money down the drain — almost literally!

These sink unblocker chemicals are often quite expensive, so you expect value for money on that purchase. Sadly, they may not be up to scratch — while trying to get a drain moving, you might try several different chemicals or solutions and see only a marginal benefit. The problem may then come back just a few weeks later!

Bad for the environment

Drain clearing chemicals are often not considered pollutants because they’re designed to break down upon contact with water, which should happen further down the plumbing system. However, there’s evidence to suggest that large amounts of these chemicals are damaging to wildlife and the environment — plus they’re often sold in bottles made of thick plastic that can be damaging to the environment if not disposed of properly.

They can be dangerous to keep around the house

Where do you keep the majority of your cleaning products in your kitchen? The likely answer is under your sink, which is probably where you’d store such a sink unblocker if you buy one ahead of a plumbing emergency. Yet if you have young children, you know they will repeatedly open up cupboards and trawl through what’s inside. If that scenario sounds familiar, keeping bottles of toxic chemicals under the sink is not wise.

They can also be risky for adults; some have strong corrosive properties and can lead to a trip to the doctor or A&E if you splash some on your skin or in your eye.

Consider an alternative

If you’re the sort of person that likes to be prepared for a potential emergency, there are a few steps you can take to have a go at tackling your plumbing problems yourself. A drain snake, or drain hook, is a handy gadget you can slide down a plughole to try and clear hair blockages in your shower plughole, while baking soda and vinegar, bleach or even a good old-fashioned plunger can help solve the problem.

However, it may well be that these solutions just don’t solve the problem. If you find you can’t solve the problem yourself, our team has the equipment and knowledge to deal with these issues. Our vehicles are readily available across the entire South West, so if it’s an emergency we can get there quickly.

Our prices start at £75 + VAT, with a competitive price structure. With us, you can be guaranteed a high level of customer service that will give you peace of mind during testing times.

Clear-flow have more than 30 years of experience in carrying out emergency drain repairs and unblocking pipes that are causing you sudden, unexpected problems at home. If you find that an important drain at home is blocked out of the blue, call us on 0800 317 082 to arrange an emergency drain unblocking from one of our expert team.