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Can Liquid Drain Cleaners Be Used to Unclog a Toilet?
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Plumbing 08/20/13

Can Liquid Drain Cleaners Be Used to Unclog a Toilet?

As a San Diego plumbing repair company for more than three decades, we know that resolving a clogged toilet is one of the most common repair requests. And toilet clogs especially seem to happen at the most inconvenient moments like: during a party, when guests are visiting, or in the middle of the night. So, when you find yourself with a clogged toilet at an inopportune time, you probably feel desperate. You might even be tempted to try to find a quick, at-home fix like liquid plumbing agents instead of calling an experienced San Diego plumber.

Unfortunately, utilizing so-called quick fixes will often make things worse. For example, liquid drain cleaners, a staple in many households, are not intended to be used on toilets and will not work. These liquids are intended to break up plumbing clogs in sinks, bathtubs, and showers. However, toilet plumbing is far different than these types of fixtures.

When a toilet clogs, the blockage is located where liquid-plumbing products cannot reach due to the shape of the pipes. Instead, the product will simply sit in the bowl. In addition, once it’s sitting in your toilet, it can easily splash out, which can be dangerous. Because these types of products are extremely harsh they can actually cause burns if they come in contact with skin. And some of these liquids can even cause porcelain to crack. So, don’t risk it. When your toilet is hopelessly clogged, a San Diego plumber from Bill Howe can help.

After 30 years in the business, no San Diego plumbing repair, is too large or too small for us. We’re available 24/7, on both weekends and holidays. So, don’t resort to unhelpful shortcuts, call the experts to help.

If you are in need of a San Diego plumbing repair, give us a call at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469).





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