The dangers of drain cleaning chemicals.

We attended a job today where the customer had tried to clear the blocked drains themselves using a drain cleaning chemical and a plunger, the plunger caused the drain acid to splash into her husbands eye putting him in hospital with a very serious eye injury. So we have put together a few tips to prevent further accidents.

Chemical drain cleaners like caustic soda and ‘ one shot ‘ work by eating away at the blockage. Care should be taken with their use as they can blind and burn skin. If correctly used, these products are extremely effective, particularly for blockages deeper in the drain.

Either liquid or crystal in form, chemical drain cleaners are generally poured into the drain opening and allowed to sit for a period of time. During this period the sink, bath etc. must not be used. When using a chemical drain cleaner always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Never mix one type of drain cleaner with another.
Never mix drain cleaners with other cleaning products as toxic fumes may be produced.
Always ensure good ventilation when using chemical drain cleaners.
Don’t allow drain cleaners to remain in contact with porcelain or enamel surfaces for any length of time as the caustic nature of the cleaner will degrade the finish.
Never us a plunger on a drain which contains drain cleaner – you run the risk of splash-back and severe chemical burns.
If you are not completely confident in your ability to use these products, then don’t attempt it,
You can always give us a call 24 hours a day for some free advise.