Enzymatic Vs. Chemical Drain Cleaners

When your drain gets clogged, it is easy to get frustrated and look for the quickest solution possible. Chemical drain cleaners are a popular choice, but they can have some potentially costly consequences. If you want the convenience of finding a solution in a bottle, then you should try using an enzymatic cleaner instead of potentially risky chemicals. 

An Analysis of Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners use caustic compounds such as lye or an acid such as sulfuric acid to eat away at clogs and clean your pipes. The problem with these chemicals is that while they will dissolve organic compounds such as fats, hair, and other common substances that will cause clogs, they can also react with pipes. They are considered safe to use on clogs because they should eat the clog before they eat away at your pipes, and then you can rinse your pipes with water to prevent further damage.

On the other hand, if you have a particularly nasty clog, the chemicals will just sit in your pipe which can cause damage to your pipes. If you have older cast iron pipes, then you should avoid sulfuric acid in particular because it can easily cause the metal to corrode, and then you have an expensive repair and potential water damage to contend with. 

An Analysis of Enzymatic Cleaners

An enzymatic cleaner will use enzymes or a combination of enzymes and bacteria to eat away at clogs. In either case, the results will be slow but effective. Bacteria will digest organic materials and break them down into smaller particles that can be flushed down your drain by the standing water behind the clog. Enzymes will break organic materials down into their water soluble components, and once the components dissolve into the water, your problem is solved. While enzymatic cleaners can be effective, you will need to wait up to a full day for results. Thus, using these cleaners requires patience. 

The best way to deal with a clog is to not let one form in the first place. Using drain screens will help to catch hair, lint, and other substances that could clog a shower drain. For kitchen drain maintenance, you should avoid pouring grease down the drain because it can solidify in the drain causing a slow drain and eventually a clog. On the other hand, if you have a clog to deal with, you need to know what cleaner you will reach for. To protect your plumbing and avoid costly repairs, you should reach for an enzymatic cleaner before you go for a chemical one. Contact a company like Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc for more information.