When pipes are clogged in your home, you could be facing some serious issues. Sure, at first you might just have the water drain slower, but if the clog gets worse you could have sewage back up into your home carrying contamination. So what is your solution? Many reach for drain chemicals first thing, but is this really the best option? The problem with drain chemicals is that they can do a lot of damage, both to your pipes as well as to your septic system if you have one.

While the chemicals definitely aren’t as corrosive as they were at one point, they are still powerful. If they are frequently used, you will damage your pipes. When it comes to your septic system, there is a very delicate balance that needs to be maintained with the bacteria that break down waste material in the tank. Introducing powerful chemicals into the mix can throw that balance off.

If at all possible, using a plunger or a drain snake is going to be a safer option when dealing with clogs.