Do supermarket blocked drain cleaning chemicals really work?

Can chemical drain cleaners unclog blocked drains in Sydney?

Blocked drains in Sydney, including blocked sewers, sinks and toilets can happen at any time and cause major inconvenience in your home or at your business premises. It’s no surprise that people want the problem fixed as quickly as possible. While DIY supermarket solutions are cheap and readily accessible, they aren’t necessary the most effective. It all depends on the type of blockage. So what actually works?

Types of blocked drain cleaning chemicals

You can buy a range of products from the supermarket in the form of gels, liquids and powders. They vary in terms of price and the time they take to work. Choosing the right drain cleaner can be a tedious task, particularly when all of the products use clever marketing to make bold statements about their own effectiveness. These products occasionally work on minor blockages, but there are things you should consider before handing over your money.

Effectiveness of chemicals unclogging drains

Make sure you choose the right product for the job. If you have a blocked toilet, look for a product that is made specifically for blocked toilets. The chemicals that are designed to clear a build up of toilet paper, may not necessarily work on tough grease if you have a blocked sink in the kitchen. Some claim to be “all purpose”, but this normally isn’t the case. If you have a blockage in the main sewer line caused by tree roots or damaged pipes, no amount of drain cleaning products will fix the issue. Get in touch with a professional as soon as possible.

Read online reviews about different drain cleaning chemicals

There is no better way to assess the potency of a product than by reading the reviews of customers who have tried it. You can find reviews for Mr Muscle, Drain Clean, White Knight and other products here. A quick look at these reviews suggest that you get what you pay for. While supermarket drain chemicals are cheaper than a plumber, many customers complain that they don’t fix the problem.

Drain cleaning chemicals are TOXIC!

Most drain cleaning products on the market are chemically based. They need to be handled with the utmost of care, so always wear gloves and protective gear. Keep them away from children and pets. The detrimental impacts these chemicals have on the environment is one of the main reasons we don’t support or recommend these products.

Drain cleaning chemicals can damage your plumbing pipes

Because the chemicals are so strong and abrasive, if you live in an older house with old clay pipes, there is a risk of damage occurring. If the pipes are damaged, the results could be very expensive if a plumber needs to replace the pipes.

Drain cleaning chemicals take a long time to work

These products can take time to start working, with some customer reviews stating that it’s taken two bottles over a 12 hour period to start seeing results. If you want the problem fixed fast, with the knowledge that it will be completely cleared, you may want to consider hiring a professional plumber to do the job.

How to avoid blocked drains in your Sydney home or business

Most blockages occur when items are washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet. Here are some ways to prevent blocked drains from occurring:

  • Don’t use excessive amounts of toilet paper - flush twice if necessary

  • Never flush nappies, wet-wipes or sanitary items down the toilet

  • Don’t pour fats, oil and grease down the sink

  • Make sure your children don’t flush toys or other objects down the toilet

  • Plant trees away from outside sewer and stormwater drains

When to call a licensed plumber Sydney

Using a licensed plumber to unblock a clogged drain or toilet may be more expensive than supermarket drain cleaning products. However, you can rest assured that the blockage will be fixed properly and quickly.

JAB Plumbing Solutions are experts in the field and we are equipped with the latest drain clearing equipment. We have CCTV pipe inspection cameras to locate the blockage and determine the cause, and we have high-pressured water jet blasters that can clear even the most stubborn blockages.

We pride ourselves on offering the most comprehensive, high-quality and affordable blocked drain solutions in Sydney. If you need help with a blocked drain in Sydney get in touch with our licensed plumbers today.