Clogged drains are a common occurrence in any household. Many people choose the convenience of liquid drain cleaners like Drano. Drano manufacturers guarantee that it is safe for use in septic systems. However, most Chattanooga Plumbing Company and septic experts advise against using it. Here’s what you need to know:
- Drano and Bacteria
Your septic system relies on bacteria in the septic tank to break down solid and organic components in the wastewater. Drano is a lye-based product consisting of aluminum, bleach, and salt. It works by causing harsh chemical reactions to break down clogs.
Such chemical reactions can kill away the helpful bacteria in your septic tank if large quantities are used. It would take over 48 hours to recover. Consequently, solid waste will build up, sewage will back up into your home, and solids enter the drain field.
All these issues will cost you money to fix and result in septic system failure if not handled promptly. Call the Poop Dudes, a Chattanooga Plumbing Company for help with your septic maintenance and repair needs.
- Drano and Corrosion
A study by independent Cornell researchers shows that drain cleaners are among the most corrosive chemicals in the home. The chemical reaction is strong enough to corrode metal in pipes!
Most households today use PVC pipes. The reaction caused by Drano ingredients generates heat which will soften the PVC, weaken them over time and create costly problems.
- Other Disadvantages
Extreme care is warranted when using Drano. It’s very toxic when swallowed and can burn the skin, eyes, and mucus membranes and eat through clothing. Noxious fumes are also released and can cause explosions if you’re not careful.
Additionally, it can mar your kitchen and bathroom fixtures. And in case the chemical fails to clear up the clog in your septic system, it could damage the tools used by a Chattanooga Plumbing Company like the Poop Dudes.