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When a bathroom or kitchen drain gets clogged many homeowners will purchase chemical drain cleaning products to try to clean out the obstruction. While drain cleaners can be effective at removing organic material from drains, they also carry a few risks.

Liquid drain cleaners usually contain corrosive alkaline, bleach and lye in concentrations up to 50 percent. They dissolve organic matter like food waste, hair, grease and other material. However, the further the clog is from the drain opening, the less effective they will be. This is why drain cleaners are usually not very effective for unclogging toilets.

Drain cleaners are also highly corrosive and are among the most hazardous household products you can purchase. To reduce the risk of injury, the manufacturer's instructions should be followed carefully and the products stored in a safe location where they cannot be reached by children.

When using chemical drain cleaners it is important to avoid contact with materials near the drain such as wood, paint, fiberglass and aluminum. Wear rubber gloves and protect your eyes.

The alternative to chemical drain cleaners is professional drain cleaning. Physically removing obstructions using a drain snake or water jetting is the safest, most effective way to remove tough clogs from sewer and drain lines. At ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric we provide fast, affordable drain cleaning, so you can skip the chemicals and
rest easy knowing the job will be done right and there are no dangerous chemicals stored in your home.
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Many consumer products are labeled as "flushable" while others seem harmless enough, but the reality is many common items can cause a major clog when flushed down the toilet.
  1. Disposable Wipes – Wipes of all kinds are popular these days. There are floor wipes, leather wipes, wood wipes, baby wipes, and more. While some may say they are flushable, play it safe. Most are not biodegradable and can clog your toilet. 
  2. Feminine Products – Sure, many manufacturers say they are flushable, but many a clogged toilet has been caused by feminine products. 
  3. Cotton Balls, Q-Tips, Paper Towels and Facial Tissue – Unlike toilet paper, these products do not break down readily and should not be flushed down the toilet. 
  4. Prescription Medications — While they are unlikely to cause plumbing problems, prescription medications can end up in the water supply where they can harm the environment. 
  5. Cigarettes — Cigarettes can not only clog a plumbing system, like prescription medications, they are bad for the environment. 
  6. Dental Floss – This stringy material loves to wrap itself up in balls and clog plumbing systems. It's much safer to just toss it in a waste can. 
Have a clogged toilet? Whatever the cause, ABC can help clear the mess, fast!
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