Why You Should Avoid Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

Clogged drains are a major inconvenience, and when left unaddressed, they can easily be your biggest headache of the day. If you encounter a blocked drain, it’s easy to throw up your hands and buy chemical drain cleaners to address your issue. Unfortunately, this seemingly simple solution can cause serious implications for your plumbing system in the long run. 

Wondering why plumbers recommend staying away from chemical drain cleaners? We’ll be breaking down a few of those reasons in this article.

1. Chemical drain cleaners pose safety threats

In an ideal world, unclogging your drain would be a simple matter of pouring a magic solution down the drain. In reality, though, this is hardly the case. It’s important that you read and understand the directions and safety instructions on the labels of these cleaners.

When you are using drain cleaners, your safety is put at risk. There’s a reason that all those products come with a long list of safety reminders, such as keeping them away from children and pets, making sure they are never mixed with other drain cleaners or used with a plunger, ensuring they are used in well-ventilated areas, and recommending the use of rubber gloves. 

2. Chemical drain cleaners are not safe for children

As a parent or guardian, you must be responsible for the safety of the children in your home. Therefore, when trying to fix clogged drains, you must be aware that chemical drain cleaners pose an immediate danger to little ones. Keeping and using these cleaners can expose your kids to toxic materials. Given that there are other non-toxic ways to address your clogged drain, it’s usually best to opt out of the chemical cleaners.

The best plumbers in Byron Bay, Ballina and surrounds can help fix your clogged drain with the help of advanced technology, CCTV drain cameras, and high-powered water jets. 

3. Chemical drain cleaners cause harm to the environment

Aside from being dangerous to your health, chemical drain cleaning solutions impact the environment negatively. Most of these products contain bleach and other harmful chemicals that produce toxic fumes around the area. These components can also pose dangers when they get mixed into your water supply.

4. Chemical drain cleaners corrode your pipes

Chemical-based drain cleaners use heat to get rid of possible causes of your clogged drains. As a result, your PVC pipes are prone to get damaged since they can make the material soft. This is especially true if you have older pipes made of metal.

The best solution is to avoid using this type of drain cleaners. To seek effective and effective solutions that will restore your defective plumbing system, don’t hesitate to call for professional help. Our local plumbers in Byron Bay have the know-how, skills, and experience to address your drain cleaning problems. 


Handling your clogged drains all by yourself or using chemical drain cleaners to fix them can become your source of frustration and stress. Instead of trying to manage this issue all on your own, trust a reliable team of plumbers such as ours to get your problem addressed right away.

If you have blocked drains in Ballina or any surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to consult Fantastic Plumbing, a team of skilled plumbers serving Byron Bay, Ballina and surrounding areas. Book our services today!

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