September 20, 2022

Dangerous Chemicals in Drain Cleaning and Unclogging

Clogged drains are one of the most commonly and most frequently encountered problems in the household or even in business establishments. This is perhaps why most people fail to stop and consider the dangers of Drain Cleaning Bellmore and the importance of hiring a professional. The problems and accidents related to do-it-yourself drain cleaning are more serious than those related to other home repairs. In fact, the American Association of Poison Control Centers has drain openers or chemicals as one of the leading poisons that cause deaths by accidental poisoning.

The most common and sometimes even thought of as most handy, of the do-it-yourself drain cleaning products used is the chemical drain opener. This type is either caustic or acidic. Whatever the PH, chemical drain openers are prone to violent chemical reactions that can cause a slew of health problems, both short term and long term.

The chemical drain opener solutions are all corrosive. As such, they instantly burn whatever part of your body that comes in contact with the substance. This is how they cause mild to severe burns on the skin and why they are lethal when ingested. Moreover, most acidic and caustic solutions become more volatile and react violently when water is added. This is one of the most important things to watch out for. When something burns the skin, or when there is an open wound, the average man’s will instinctively reach out for water. Unfortunately, when it comes to accidents with chemical openers, water actually generally makes it worse. Not everyone has access to information on what to do in these situations. This is the type of knowledge and knows how that your professionals are all equipped with, so it is always best to leave the job up to them. Not only can they anticipate the problems, they also know exactly what to do in these situations, saving you and your family both the risk and the hassle.

Direct contact is not the only thing to watch out for when using these chemical openers to remedy clogged drains. They do not need to touch your skin directly to inflict injury. The fumes coming from these solutions are also very dangerous to your health. Improper ventilation when using these openers or prolonged exposure can cause severe respiratory problems that may even affect your health in the long term or, worse, permanently. The fumes from these chemicals have been shown to cause lung damage, chemical pneumonia among others. The average person would not have the proper protective equipment like gas masks and adequate covers, nor would the regular man be likely to have sufficient knowledge to soundly estimate the adequacy of ventilation when dealing with these chemicals. The professionals, on the other hand are all guaranteed to be more than just adequate when it comes to these things.

The dangers that these chemicals bring with them is not only present when you are actually undertaking the task of unclogging drains with them but also for as long as you store them in your home. This is one more reason why it is better to enlist professional help when it comes to these matters. If you do not do these things yourself, then you would never have to store these toxic and volatile materials in your home. That is one less thing that will put you and your family at risk.