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Is Drain Cleaner Bad For Pipes

Drain cleaners are chemical agents that are used to unblock clogs in pipelines. The conventional liquid or gel drain cleaner in stores may quickly dissolve soap scum, food deposits, hair, and other clog-causing substances. Brands like Drano and Liquid-Plumr, among many others, produce drain cleaners that work effectively and leave behind a pleasant lemony aroma. Despite all the buzz, some homeowners still wonder if drain cleaning is safe for their pipes. Let’s find out!

Chemical Drain Cleaners Pose Risks

Chemical drain cleaners may remove the clog, but at what cost? You can compromise and harm your pipes if you often have to go for the drain cleaner bottle.

Drain cleaners use a corrosive liquid to remove the blockage. This method is effective but has the drawback of potentially producing heat due to the internal chemical reaction in your drains. Heat may cause older metal pipes to corrode and soften PVC pipes.

Even worse, occasionally, drain cleaners fail to function. You have a significant issue if the chemicals linger in your drain. As they remain immobile in the pipe, these compounds will likely harm the pipes. By adding extra drain cleaner to the line, the danger is now elevated even higher. Additionally, the toxins lingering in your drains might burn you if the pipe bursts.

How to Clear Drains Safely

Here are safer ways to clear your drains without worrying about the chemicals causing damage.

  • Consider an organic drain cleaner before using corrosive drain cleaners. These cleaners consume the garbage clogging your drain using enzymes and bacteria. It will work slower than your bottle of chemicals, but it won’t harm your pipes, either.
  • Use a plunger. A plunger with a flat bottom is suitable for tubs and skinks, whereas a plunger with a tapered bottom is appropriate for toilets. Make the tightest seal possible to increase the force of the water being forced down through the clog. The clog will be forced to travel and change shape until it reaches a larger diameter pipe and can flow freely.
  • Use a pipe auger or a snake. If the clog is reachable, this gadget can access and break up the clog, allowing it to travel along and out of your system.
  • Pour boiling water and a half cup of baking soda down the drain. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, pour one cup of vinegar mixed with one cup of hot water down the drain and cover it. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Finish with a saucepan of hot water or multiple pots.


If you have a drain that needs to be fixed to function, then it’s time to call a professional. At Scott’s Plumbing, we’re here to help you with your drain cleaning needs. We have many years of experience and can fix any problem that you may be having with your drains. We will help you safely and quickly clear out your drains, keeping your kitchen or bath in good working order.

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