When it’s time to clean your drains, most people open up the cabinets under their sink and grab a bottle of harsh-smelling cleaner that they bought at the store. Unfortunately, using these products can have many detrimental effects to your health, your plumbing, and the environment. Here’s a look at some reasons why you should put down the caustic drain cleaner and find a cleaner, greener option.
Caustic cleaners and the fumes that accompany them can cause a number of health concerns, especially with children. Children often don’t know the difference between a harmful bottle of drain cleaner and a bottle of colorful liquid like Gatorade. In 2008, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 124,934 cases of children who were poisoned by household cleaners.
Adults aren’t safe from the effects of these cleaners, either—harsh cleaners can cause respiratory problems, burns, damage to the eyes and other mucus membranes, or even death if inhaled or splashed on the skin.
Environmental and Plumbing Problems
The FDA requires that products labeled as disinfectants be registered as pesticides. Pesticides can cause lasting damage to the environment, so why would you want to use something so harmful in your home? Chemical drain cleaners can also damage your pipes and plumbing, and even poison water supplies. Choosing a greener option when you are cleaning your drains can help prevent pipe damage.
If you are in the Sacramento area and have plumbing damage from caustic drain cleaners, Rapid Rooter can help repair your drains. Rapid Rooter also provides a number of other plumbing services including both residential and commercial services. We also have eco-friendly cleaning products that can help prevent future drain damage from harmful chemical cleaners. Call us at (916) 248-8783 to set up an appointment today!