When did Drano become the duct tape of plumbing solutions? Never the less, at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating, we don’t advise repeatedly using over the counter chemicals to solve reoccurring clogs in your home’s plumbing. Use of these strong chemicals might temporarily fix a clog, but use them too much and they can damage your plumbing system.

A clog in your toilet bowl is NOT the same as one in your sinks and shower systems. Chemicals like Drano that are added to your toilet bowl will remain in the bowl longer than you think. These chemicals can accumulate and settle into your toilet bowl and can result in the porcelain cracking. It might be hard to believe, but throwing enough chemicals into the toilet bowl can cause it to explode.

We understand, a clogged toilet can be extremely frustrating, but don’t go mixing a Molotov cocktail of chemicals into the bowl and simply hope that it unclogs. Concocting a smörgåsbord of over the counter chemicals into a toilet bowl can create gases, and these can be extremely dangerous when inhaled.

Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying to never use clog-removing chemicals, we simply recommend that you use them cautiously. It’s true, these chemicals can work to remove clogs in sinks and showers; however, if you have plastic piping anywhere in your plumbing, these chemicals can begin to break them down, and you’ll be worse off than when you started. Furthermore, repeatedly using chemicals like Drano will also begin to eat away at metal pipes too.

If your sink, shower and toilet are clogging frequently, you have a deeper problem and you need a professional to repair it. When you have a pain anywhere in your body and over the counter pills no longer give you any relief, you go to your doctor. In the same way, if over the counter plumbing solutions only offer a temporary fix, it’s time to call the professionals at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating.

Don’t hesitate to call our team at Lone Star Plumbing and Heating for all your plumbing needs at 403-295-3028.

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