Eco-Friendly and Safe Drain Cleaning | Tips from Your Albemarle, NC Plumbing Professional

Eco-Friendly and Safe Drain Cleaning | Tips from Your Albemarle, NC Plumbing Professional

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When faced with something simple like a clogged drain, what do you do? Do you try to fix that clog yourself using store-bought drain cleaners? You aren’t alone. Most homeowners in the Albemarle, NC area,will attempt to fix the problem themselves.

Fixing a clogged drain at home with a store-bought drain cleaner is not ideal however. These drain cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful for you and your environment. Here’s why you absolutely should not use store-bought drain cleaners and attempt to fix your own drain:

Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Are Dangerous for Humans

Average drain cleaners depend on a chemical reaction that in turn helps resolve the clog. The active ingredient present in some drain cleaners is sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid. Drain cleaners must necessarily be corrosive in order to break down the hair, grease, or other substances that have been blocking the drain. Even more dangerous than sulfuric-acid based drain cleaners are drain cleaners that are composed of the chemical lye. Lye is so dangerous for humans that if it accidently comes in contact with the skin, it will burn it, without you even realizing.

Store Bought Drain Cleaners are Harmful to Your Pipelines and Cables

Average drain cleaners contain acids. Once these acids are released into the Albemarle, NC plumbing system, they may burn through the pipes or fittings in your own home plumbing system. Pipelines at home are made up of various different substances. The most common of these are galvanized steel, copper and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) plastics. Average drain cleaners that contain caustic, acid, or oxidizing ingredients may corrode or burn through one of these pipelines. They can even exacerbate problems with pipelines that are already partially corroded. Naturally, the pipes will weaken, damaging your home as a whole.

Furthermore, drains usually comprise of cables. These cables can also be damaged by the high content of acid present in the drain cleaner. The cable is made up of wire which begins to deteriorate as soon as it is exposed to the acids. This problem is even worse if the drain is made up of low-quality cable. In such cases, irreversible damage can take place as soon as the drain cleaner is used for the very first time. Even high quality drain cable will start to deteriorate within a few days or weeks of using the drain cleaner.

Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Are Harmful to Rubber and Pipes in Your Home

Average drain cleaners always comprise of toxic ingredients such as the chemical lye or hydrochloric acid. These substances can eat away at the rubber, for example the seal on the entrance to your garbage disposal. If you don’t want these toxic substances to be causing harm inside your home, it is best to stop using them right away.

Store-Bought Drain Cleaners Are Harmful for the Environment

In addition to being harmful to humans and even to pipelines, average drain cleaners are also detrimental to the environment. These harmful chemicals get into our drains and then our pipelines, eventually making their way to Albemarle’s water supply system, posing a collective threat to our community.

How Can We Help You?

Since most drain cleaningprocesses at home that can be detrimental to you and your environment, you need to seek professional help. Professional drain cleaners know the ‘safe’ way to clean a drain, using the least harmful products. We at Pride Plumbing have always had an eco-friendly approach to plumbing. We know just how important it is to use eco-friendly products.  Let’s take a look at what we mean by an eco-friendly product.

What Is an Eco-Friendly Product?

Eco-friendly products are any products or processes that take into account the environment that we live in. We want to protect and preserve the beauty of Albemarle, NC, and our community as much as we possibly can. Remember, even plumbing can be eco-friendly! So what if you have a clogged drain? Say no to dangerous store-bought chemicals forever and let us help you.

In fact, we’re big believers in going green. Here are the steps we have already taken to help protect the environment:

  • Instead of traditional water heaters, we make use of tankless water heaters. These are not only more efficient than normal tank water heaters when it comes to energy usage, but also do not waste energy during stand by times. Switching to tankless water heaters can help reduce your energy bill straight away.
  • We make use of a Hot Water Comfort System by Grundfos. This eliminates cold water runoff at the faucet using a bypass valve and a pump with a timer to control the water flow. The Comfort System is designed to give you comfort and convenience. Not only will you have access to instant hot water, you will also be able to reduce water wastage.
  • We can replace all your old, inefficient bathroom fixtures with a Water Sense labeled toilet, faucet and showerhead to help your household save in many ways.

We Use the Latest Technologies

We at Pride Plumbing are committed to using the newest and most environmentally friendly processes to help you resolve all your plumbing needs. We believe that environmentally friendly plumbing is the future of Albemarle, NC, and of our world. So the next time you have a clogged drain, don’t buy a drain cleaner and try to fix that clog yourself.

If you care even the slightest bit about your health, the pipelines in your house and the environment, don’t hesitate to contact us at Pride Plumbing. We aspire to make use of the newest technologies, by minimizing the use of harmful chemicals. We know how important it is to protect the health of our community and of our great nation and we seek to bring you the cleanest processes we can.


Even a process as ‘simple’ as clearing a clogged drain can have a complicated impact on your health, the health of your community, and your environment. Do what is best for you and for Albemarle, NC. Contact us at Pride Plumbing.