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How Do Drain Cleaners Work

Drain cleaners can be a lifesaver for many people. No one likes to deal with a clogged appliance — in fact, according to the North American Precis Syndicate around 70% of Americans reporting that the minor inconvenience is a huge headache. However, NAPS also reports that it’s one of the most common problems people face in the home, with around one in five Americans coping with clogged toilets yearly.

Luckily, drain cleaners help to take care of that hassle — or at least, they can be if you get the right sort of cleaner. Other times, people purchase drain cleaners that end up wearing down their drains and causing leaks in the pipes over time. As such, this article will be taking a look at some of the most common ways your drain gets clogged and what drain cleaner is. Furthermore, we’ll address what types of drain cleaners you should consider when looking to unclog your plumbing so as to ensure that the cleaner doesn’t do more harm than good.

Common reasons why your drain may be clogged

While this article is talking about the solution to unclogging your drain, it’s better to take preventative measures to never have to deal with clogged drains at all. For preventative measures, some of the most common reasons why people have clogged drains are a result of :

  • Grease and Fat
  • Food Scraps
  • Hair
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Toiletries
  • Calcium and Magnesium Buildup

Some of these sorts of clogging mishaps are unavoidable — you can’t control how much hair you shed, and you need toilet paper. However, certain food scraps and oils should never be flushed down your sink, regardless of whether you have a garbage disposal. Coffee grounds, cooking oil, fruit peels and other fibrous materials should be bagged and tossed. By throwing some of these products out rather than dumping them down your drain, your sink doesn’t have to overwork itself trying to dispose of the tough fruits/vegetables, and grease doesn’t build up in your sink over time (thereby making it inoperable). Certain shampoos and soaps also have a considerable amount of grease in them, which when mixed with the water, causes buildup on your pipes. Keeping an eye on what sort of shampoo or soap you use will help you to keep your drains lasting longer. It’s also important to note that many people pour kitty litter down the toilet, feminine hygiene products, and a number of other items down the toilet as well. However, for the sake of toilet drains, only toilet paper should be flushed, otherwise sand, or other products can block the drain and make unclogging your toilet a headache. Lastly, if your home is using hard water, the minerals left in the hard water inevitably lead to buildup along the sides of the pipes, leading to inefficiency and even clogged drains — which can be avoided if you switch to a soft water system. By being proactive and making sure you’re tending your drain, you can ensure 

What Is Drain Cleaner?

If you’ve gone through the following steps, or if you read this article because you have a clogged drain, there are several drain cleaners to be aware of. When shopping in store, some of the most common types of drain cleaners that are found are oxidizing, acid and chemical drain cleaners. However, while these sorts of drain cleaners are frequently found in hardware stores, these sorts of cleaners may do more harm than good in your home. If used too often, some drain cleaners can actually destroy your pipes and cause leaks. This happens as a result of the acids found in the cleaning solution, which wears away at your drains. While a single use may be harmless, repeated usage of the caustic material can cause your appliances to wear down, and in turn lead to expensive repair bills. As such, when you’re looking for drain cleaners, it’s best to utilize organic drain cleaner. 

Organic drain cleaners don’t utilize acids, caustics, solvents or other harsh chemicals that wear down your pipes, yet are just as effective — pouring the material down your drain and allowing it to work its magic. NexLvl Services is committed to maintaining excellence in our work, which is why we only utilize organic drain cleaners, or utilize other methods when drain cleaner doesn’t work. Another method however offered by plumbing services are plumbing snakes, plungers and drain augers. This method is typically used if the cleaner wasn’t successful, and the clogged drain needs more force to help it flow again.


Naturally, you should always do whatever you can to avoid a clogged drain; however, life happens and some things are simply unavoidable. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to unclog your drain — but it’s important to ensure that if you do choose to utilize drain cleaner, to use a drain cleaner that’s organic and won’t harm your pipes. If you have a clogged drain, consider contacting NexLvl Services to either ask about what brands of drain cleaner are safe to use or have one of our employees come out to aid you in fixing your clogged drain by whatever means necessary.

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