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Ray M. Jan 24, 2010 2:39 PM
I have a slow drain in bathroom sink for which Drano Dual Force Foamer is recommended. Would it not be better for me to use the stronger Drano Max Gel product recommended for standing water ? Why not go for the strongest Drano product ?
Drano Team .. Feb 10, 2010 11:45 AM
If you don’t have standing water in your sink we’d actually recommend using Dual Force Foamer over our Max Gel. Foamer works great on slow running drains because it creates foam that scrubs and cleans the entire pipe. Max Gel works better at eating away full clogs that block the pipes, Since the cause of slow running drains is often build up on the side of the pipe and not a full clog, you’ll need more of a pipe cleaning product than a clog buster. Try the Foamer and let us know what you think!
Khanh N. Feb 15, 2010 5:14 AM
My bath tube is so clogged and drains super slow. After taking shower, it takes hours for the water to drain away (so it must be slow-draining water - not standing water right?) I used Dual Force Foamer but no luck, the bath tube is still bad. I will try Max Gel tomorrow to see if it works
carl c. Feb 17, 2010 12:13 AM
Why do you limit the uses of Crystal Drano.It works on a lot of drain problems.While I do not use it for total clogs because if you use it every month or when drains slow you won't have clogs.Crystal Drano is much better than the foamer it just does not work for me.It is just hard to find Crystal Drano now.Take it out of the kitchen.Bring back the smaller can.Remember the old saying To make clogs go better use Crystal Drano "the all purpose drain opener"
Drano Team .. Mar 3, 2010 5:34 PM
Khanh: It certainly sounds like you are dealing with a slow-running drain, so you were correct to try Foamer first – it works best on those clogs that cause water to drain slowly. If that didn’t work, we’d definitely recommend moving to Max Gel next, as that is our most powerful product that works on a variety of different clogs. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
Ricky B. Apr 8, 2010 7:53 PM
Are any of your products recommended for PVC stormwater pipes, where the clog may be mud and plant debris such as tree nuts? We know its not plant roots. Is there a product that 'loosens' such materials? TIA
Drano Team .. Apr 12, 2010 5:10 PM
Great question! Actually, Drano products won’t do much good against mud and plant debris since those clogs often require more powerful chemicals to break them down. We’d recommend going to your local hardware or DIY store and looking for products that are specially formulated to break down these types of organic materials. If you still can’t find what you need, ask one of the store employees at a place like Home Depot and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Aileen J. May 8, 2010 5:40 PM
Is "Drano crystals" the only Drano product that produces heat? I grew up in a very old apartment building, and was told (40 years ago) not to use crystals because the heat could crack the old pipes. (To be fair, those pipes could crack if you looked at them the wrong way.) Still, I'm cautious about using any heat-generating chemicals.
Annie C. May 10, 2010 10:30 PM
I just moved into a new town home. There was a clog in the toilet. I bought Max Gel Drain O and didn't read the labels carefully. Poured a little less than 16 oz in the toilet, waited for thirty min then flushed it w/ warm water. It didn't do anything. Later on, I used a plunger and it got rid of the clog. I realized that I wasn't supposed to use this type of Drain O, and although the toilet is working fine now, I'm wondering, is the Drain O going to be a problem? I've heard it wears away the piping? What do you think I should do? Thanks.
Drano Team .. Jun 8, 2010 4:25 PM
Drano Crystals is the only currently sold Drano product that is designed to generate heat when poured into clean, clear water.
Drano Team .. Jun 8, 2010 4:35 PM
Hi Annie. We usually don’t recommend using Drano on toilets because it will often flow right past the clog. However, it will not wear away any of your pipes and shouldn’t be a problem now that your toilet is unclogged, so no need to worry! Next time you get a toilet clog, just go with the plunger first.
Bonnie M. Jun 21, 2010 1:20 PM
Is there any Drano product that can be used in a dish washer? We've been told the hose from ours to the sink has become coated with grease and has to be replaced. We could use a less involved solution!
Drano Team .. Jun 24, 2010 2:05 PM
Hi Bonnie! Drano products are not suitable for a dishwasher. However, try using just hot water in its next 2- 3 washings. This should be enough to melt some of the grease buildup away.
Jason S. Jun 29, 2010 12:34 AM
I have a slow running kitchen drain. I started with prevention, then tried crystals after about a month, moved up to foamer (which actually seemed to make things *worse*) and have tried two full bottles of Max Gel. Am I basically at the point where I need to start running a snake or calling a plumber? I'm kind of at my wit's end on this one...
Drano Team .. Oct 27, 2010 1:49 PM
Sorry you haven’t had much luck so far! At this point, you might want to think about using a drain snake to see if it can loosen any of that clog material. If that still doesn’t do trick, you may have to call in a plumber and have them take apart your fixtures to see if they can remove the blockage. If you were unsatisfied with your Max Gel product, feel free to apply for the Money Back Guarantee on Drano.com and you will be reimbursed for your purchase.

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