For years, plumbers have been encouraging homeowners not to use clog-clearing chemicals in their sink drains because of the damage they can cause to the plumbing system. While it’s true that over time, drain-clearing chemical manufacturers have improved their formulas to be less damaging to most plumbing systems, there are still inherent problems with many of these chemicals.
While the product may be safe for most plumbing systems, is it safe for your plumbing? Is it possible that the chemical might erode your finishes? Some enamel-based finishes can be dissolved by certain chemicals. Additionally, if your property uses a septic tank, these chemicals might kill beneficial bacteria living in the tank.
So, if you can’t (or shouldn’t) use drain-clearing chemicals, what can you do? Why not try a plunger? They’re not just useful for toilets! Otherwise, you might try using a drain snake to physically remove the obstruction, or pour down some vinegar and baking soda.