Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing

Companies that make the chemicals they promise will clear your drains want you to believe it’s harmless and should be the go-to remedy for clogged and slow drains. They don’t mention how caustic their product is and the damage it can do to your plumbing. Sometimes what appears to be a simple clog can turn into something much larger. At Plumb Perfect we have over a decade of experience in unclogging and cleaning sewer and drain lines. We use state of the art equipment.
 
Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing
 
Don’t hesitate when you have a problem. The best way to remove a clog safely and effectively is to call for a professional plumber like Stan and his Plumb Perfect team. Professional plumbers have the training, the tools and the expertise to clean and/or unclog your drains.
 

How Those Chemical Cleaners Work

Chemical drain cleaners are very caustic. The chemicals in the cleaner will actually generate heat. This type of cleaner dissolves whatever is blocking or slowing your drain; in a way. They chemically burn or oxidize the materials causing the clog. But chemicals don’t know the difference between the clogs, the pipes and the toilet or sink bowl.
 
Plastic plumbing like PVC pipes can melt and metal can corrode from chemical drain cleaners. The damage these chemicals do is vast and ongoing. They stay in your plumbing for weeks or, in some cases, even months. Chemical drain cleaners are either thick liquids or gels that are designed to cling to your pipes in order to clean them, giving them the ability to stay put and continue dissolving not just your clogs but also your pipes.
 
Why Chemicals Are Harmful to Your Drains and Plumbing
 

Chemical Drain Cleaners and Toilets

Be sure to read the fine print. Chemical drain cleaners can be so detrimental to your toilet that there are usually warnings on the bottles not to use them on a toilet clog. Because the chemical cleaner is made to cling it will cling to your toilet’s bowl and eat away at the porcelain and the plumbing. Porcelain is fragile and the caustic nature of the drain cleaner can cause cracking; additionally, the chemicals will also eat away at your toilet’s plumbing.
 

The bottom line

Don’t use chemical drain cleaners to fix slow drains, clogged drains or backed up toilets. Try a plunger if you are a do it yourself homeowner. If that doesn’t remedy the situation call Stan and his Plumb Perfect team to schedule a thorough drain cleaning for your home.
 
 


Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?

Spring in Vermont is a beautiful time of the year but too many people discover a wet basement once the seasons change. If your home has a wet basement every spring from melt-off and rising groundwater, you should consider having a sump pump installed. A sump pump is designed to remove water build-up from basements and crawlspaces and Stan and his Plumb Perfect team are experienced with installations.
 
Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?
 

Do you need a sump pump?

Any amount of water in your basement can lead to significant mold and mildew development along with foundation issues. Water that can seep into your foundation soaks the foundation materials and breaks them down over time. This will weaken the foundation of your home. The best way to remove this water and prevent further flooding is by the installation of a sump pump.
 

Advantages of a sump pump

Prevent flood damage: Sump pumps will prevent problems that the gradual build-up of water in a basement can cause, but they really show their usefulness when dealing with large-scale flooding. When heavy rains trigger a flood of water into your basement, you can quickly have 15 inches of flood water covering the floor and damaging almost everything inside. With a working sump pump, this disaster can easily be averted.
Reduce threat of mold and mildew: Continual dampness inside a basement will cause mold and mildew. These are health problems and cause long term damage to your home. A sump pump keeping a basement dry will keep mold and mildew from getting out of hand.
Reduce the risk of fire: Flooding is one of the causes of electrical fires in a home. Water will short-circuit appliances such as laundry machines, water heaters, and heating systems that reside in the basement. A sump pump will keep water triggering household fires.
 
Is Your Basement Wet From Spring Groundwater?
 

Sump pump installation

You will need to contact a professional plumber such as Stan the Plumber to install a sump pump, since the unit must hook up correctly to a drainage system. There is also more than one type of sump pump, so trust him to pick the right one for your pumping needs.
 
Stan the Plumber and his Plumb Perfect team can take care of choosing and installing the correct sump pump for your home. We are the professionals for all kinds of plumbing installations and service in and Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding towns. Make Stan your first call for sump pump installation.