Is Drano Safe for Septic Systems?

Clogged drains is an unfortunate headache that everyone will face in their lifetime. When it comes to clearing those clogged drains, there are many different recommended ways of how to clean a sink drain. First and foremost, the most important thing to note before addressing all the possible ways of how to keep drains clear, is how NOT to keep drains clear. 

This may come as a surprise to you, but the "most popular" way to clear drain clogs is NOT what is best for your system! This is our biggest piece of advice:


Do Not Use Drano!


Is Drano safe? NO! Drano is an extremely abrasive drainage cleaner that should not be used in your sinks, toilets, showers, or anywhere! Drano is powerful enough to break down whatever is blocking your sink, and strong enough corrode the very material that lines your drains and pipes. While Drano is a seemingly effective temporary fix to the your clogged drain headache, it will only cause you more stress in the future. Continuously using Drano without professionally addressing the root of the problem can cause cracks, damage, and eventual failure to your pipes. 


There are plenty of less harmful and more effective ways to clear clogged drains! However, many people are misinformed about common blocked drain solutions. Let's discuss some popular homemade Drano alternatives and rate their efficacy:

  • Salt: Pouring salt and water down the drain may prove effective in cleaning to keep drains clear, but isn't quite powerful enough to CLEAR an existing clog. Unclogging a drain with salt is not efficient or effective. 
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: The bubbles and fizz of baking soda and vinegar in a clogged drain my cause you to think it's working. However, beneath the fizz, nothing is really happening! When dealing with clogs of fat, oil, and grease (FOG clogs), unclogging a drain with baking soda and vinegar is ineffective. 
  • Hot Water and Dish Soap: Using hot water and dish soap is a helpful alternative to clearing FOG clogs! Ditch the baking soda and vinegar and try some very hot water mixed with dish soap. If that doesn't clear it up, call ASAP to clear the clog in no time. 


In conclusion, the best way to prevent and treat clogged drains is regular and professional help and maintenance. There are a lot of blocked drain solutions that will do nothing but waste your products and your money. Although unclogging a bathroom sink may seem like a little thing, seeking professional help will be the best benefit to your drains, pipes, and septic system. 


If you have slow bathroom, kitchen, or RV drains and you're wondering how to keep drains clear, call ASAP Septic today at (208) 991-7184 to learn about our Hydro Jet Services!

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