For many people, a liquid drain cleaner is the first option for dealing with clogs at home since it's easy to find at a nearby grocery or hardware store. But if you're dealing with frequent clogs, liquid cleaners might do more harm than good. Here are a few reasons why it's better to invest in professional drain cleaning services instead. 

3 Reasons to Avoid Liquid Drain Cleaning Solutions

1. Contain Toxic Chemicals

Liquid cleaners contain chemicals like sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid. Besides irritating your eyes, nose, and skin on direct contact, these substances can damage your lungs if you inhale the fumes. And since these chemicals can stay in the drain long after pouring them in, you'll be at risk of breathing their gases in for a while. 

2. Damage Pipes

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Too many liquid drain cleaners can cause a chemical reaction that gradually corrodes your pipes, making them susceptible to ruptures that can flood your home. You'll then have to spend money on plumbing repairs and replace water-damaged furniture and other home components.  

3. Worsen Clogs

Liquid drain cleaners work by breaking down the clogging substances. However, if the clog is too thick, you might only end up loosening it and pushing it further into the pipe. It’ll be even harder to reach then, and using more liquid cleaner could damage the pipes. Professional drain cleaning services will save time and effort since they have the equipment to remove clogs, no matter how big or deep. 


To resolve a clog, rely on Bigfoot Pumping & Thawing. With 35 years of experience in drain cleaning, septic pumping, and other plumbing services, they assist residents of the greater Fairbanks, AK, area and are available 24/7 for emergency calls. Call (907) 488-9855 to make an appointment, or find out more about their services on their website.